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Deposit Return Schemes are coming and small brewers need to be ready

In this article, SIBA Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Barry Watts explores the forthcoming Deposit Return Schemes and the impact on small brewers Over the next decade or so, governments across the UK have ambitious plans to introduce measures which aim to tackle climate change. With the COP26 conference taking place later this year […]

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SIBA Business Awards 2021 Winners revealed: Signature Brew named Brewery Business of the Year for the second time

The SIBA Business Awards 2021 last night awarded the very best businesses from across the beer and brewing industry, highlighting businesses who have not just survived but excelled across a range of awards categories – during what has been quite possibly one of the toughest 12 months the brewing, beer and pubs sector has ever […]

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Obituary: Mark Wallington 1944-2021

The SIBA team was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of long-serving SIBA Member and colleague Mark Wallington earlier this month. Mark was the Finance Director for SIBA from 2001-2009 and a familiar figure at SIBA events and competitions, and our thoughts are with his wife Wendy, family and friends. He will be greatly […]

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Nordic brewers help raise the bar for alcohol-free beer

Alcohol-free brewer, Big Drop, has teamed up with four leading Nordic breweries to launch a limited-edition range of 0.5% ABV collaboration brews. The range is the second in Big Drop’s ‘World Collab Series’, curated with renowned beer expert, Melissa Cole, and a showcase for demonstrating the heights that alcohol-free craft beer has reached. Big Drop […]

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Tryanuary Plans Change in Response to National Lockdown

Tryanuary to be extended beyond January, until the end of the current lockdown Addition of #TryanuaryatHome for use on social media Encouragement of people to get involved in Tryanuary online communities as part of their mental health and wellbeing A central online directory for beer businesses to promote their products and community events The Tryanuary […]

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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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