Industry News

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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CAMRA & SIBA comment on JD Wetherspoon promotional poster

Commenting on a promotional poster from JD Wetherspoon advertising lower prices for alcoholic drinks after the Government’s VAT reduction, please find below a joint comment from Tom Stainer, Chief Executive of CAMRA, and James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA): “A recent promotional poster from pub chain JD Wetherspoon has made it […]

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Brewers need further support and certainty on when and how pubs can open, because opening alone won’t secure the future of the UK’s breweries


In a new survey of small independent brewers in the UK, conducted by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), 84% expect the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing measures to have a lasting negative impact on their business and 80% believe the Government are not doing enough to support small breweries. The survey found a […]

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Special ‘digital-only’ edition of SIBA Independent Brewer Magazine launches

Introduction by Caroline Nodder, Editor SIBA Independent Brewer Magazine. Link to full magazine below and here. Welcome to this special digital-only edition of SIBA’s Independent Brewer Magazine. As I sit down to write this column, I can’t believe it has only been two months since we launched the first issue of our newly renamed Independent […]

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SIBA urge consumers to ‘Support small breweries, buy independent craft beer’ with new social media campaign

Building on the success of their independent craft brewer seal SIBA have today launched a brand new consumer-focussed campaign that asks people to support the future of small breweries by opting for independent craft beer. It’s the first consumer-focussed advertising campaign undertaken by the trade association, and comes as online beer sales and local delivery […]

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Following Government advice to avoid pubs and other social venues during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has partnered with CAMRA and Crowdfunder to help pubs, clubs, breweries, taprooms and cider producers during these difficult times. The #PullingTogether campaign aims to publicise innovative ways that pubs, breweries, cider makers and taprooms are […]

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Tonight’s statement raises more questions than it answers for the UK’s small independent brewers

Commenting on tonight’s (17th March) Covid 19 press conference James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive said: “This evening the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £330bn of guaranteed loans to help business through the Covid 19 pandemic. Part of these will be delivered through the new Business Interruption Loan Scheme and small businesses […]

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