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PM and Chancellor ‘failed in their duty’ to address issues facing Hospitality and brewing industries

“Today, at PMQs the Prime Minister had the opportunity to address the devastating and unjustified restrictions being forced upon hospitality during what should be the best month of the year, but he did nothing. The Chancellor at his spending review had the opportunity to right a past wrong – that breweries have suffered the hardest […]

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SIBA respond to the PM’s statement on new Covid restrictions:

“Today’s announcement is a sucker punch for the independent brewing industry. The tougher restrictions being imposed on pubs at tier 2 and tier 3 mean that trade will be a trickle of what businesses need to survive the critical Christmas period. Wet led pubs, by definition cannot offer a substantial meal. Yet again, we are […]

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SIBA Business Awards 2021 to highlight brewers and suppliers that ‘adapt and overcome’ pressures of Covid

The SIBA Business Awards 2021 will now include two new categories for the extraordinary resilience shown by the beer and brewing industry in the face of Covid lockdown and social distancing measures. The new categories for Covid Brewery Initiative and Covid Supplier Initiative seek to highlight those businesses making the best of a very tough situation for independent breweries, […]

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Debate on future of Small Breweries Relief sees cross-party calls for Government to change course

In what was an unusually lengthy and impassioned adjournment debate in Parliament last night, the Government faced heavy pressure on its proposed new policy which would hit many small independent breweries across the UK. The debate was led by Liz Saville-Roberts MP, the Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, who rallied cross-party calls […]

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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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SIBA Press Statement in response to announcement of second lockdown in England

As England faces a ‘nightmare before Christmas’ second lockdown, England’s independent breweries warn they will not make it to the festive season without extension of hospitality industry support: “The extension of furlough to December will come as a small relief to breweries, which will keep people in jobs and support them through these difficult times. […]

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New evidence shows small independent brewers pay business rates of over FIFTY times as much per pint as Global beer brands

Inequalities in the tax system can mean that small breweries can be paying more than fifty times as much per pint in business rates compared to Global beer companies. The Society of Independent Brewers, which represents the UK’s independent brewing industry – are calling on the Government to address this “inherent unfairness” as part of […]

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