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Preparing for the end of the transition period

The transition period with the EU will end in December 2020. From 1 January 2021, new customs rules will come into force and brewers that export need to make a number of changes. These will come into force even if there is a new trade agreement with the EU. Brewers will need to make sure […]

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SIBA comments on the Chancellor’s announcement of new financial support measures for second lockdown

“A united hospitality industry days ago called for a commitment to extending the furlough scheme. It is welcome then, that the Chancellor has extended full furlough at 80% of wages until March, which will help independent breweries through the incredibly difficult winter period. However extension of furlough was only one of the asks from SIBA […]

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SIBA respond to news that takeaway beer can be sold during second lockdown, providing it is pre-ordered

“It comes as very welcome news that Government have now clarified their stance on takeaway beer and published guidance which shows England’s pubs and independent brewery taprooms can sell beer for takeaway providing it is pre-ordered via phone, web or post. Government have also made clear in the guidance that brewery shops can remain open and […]

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SIBA comment on the Prime Minister’s statements in the House in response to questions on takeaway beer

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statements in the House this afternoon, and questions asked on takeaway beer by Mark Pawsey MP and Pauline Latham MP, James Calder SIBA Chief Executive said:  “It was encouraging to see the PM commit to look again at this issue around the unfairness of allowing supermarkets to sell beer, but […]

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SIBA comments on the proposed new restriction limiting takeaway sales of beer from pubs and breweries

Commenting on the proposed new restriction limiting takeaway sales of beer from pubs and breweries, James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive said: “As if a second national lockdown in England wasn’t disastrous enough for pubs and independent breweries, Government have gone further this time around and introduced an unjustified restriction banning pubs from selling takeaway beer, […]

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Society of Independent Brewers respond to Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of lockdown in Scotland

“The new Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of the lockdown in Scotland to November will further drive hospitality over the edge; and without Government support for the independent breweries that supply 80% of their beer to pubs which are being forced to shut we are likely to see continued brewery closures. It […]

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The Drinks Trust’s ‘Brewery Workers End of Furlough Grant’

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the drinks and hospitality industries, and our colleagues in the brewing industry have been hit hard too. According to the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), brewing businesses lost as much as 80% of their trade overnight when pubs, bars and restaurants were closed in March. Additionally, the brewing […]

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Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd purchased by Marketing Management Services Ltd

Marketing Management Services Ltd (MMS) have today purchased Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd (FFD) from the company’s prior majority shareholder SIBA Commercial Services Ltd, following a competitive tender process. Nina Bates remains in place as minority shareholder. The value of the transaction was by reference to FFD’s current net asset value but the consideration has not […]

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