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SIBA calls for supermarket biz rate relief to be given to pubs and brewers

Today, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling upon the Government to redistribute the £585m in business rate relief returned by Tesco’s to 40,000 pubs and 2,000 breweries that have suffered hardest during the crisis. This fund could provide each pub and each brewery in the country with up to £14,000 each, helping them […]

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Society of Independent Brewers say £1,000 December grant is a ‘derisory gesture’ for struggling wet-led pubs

“Today’s £1,000 grant is a derisory gesture for wet led pubs that have struggled throughout this crisis. During the Christmas period many of these pubs would expect to take £1000 in a couple of hours. These pubs never benefitted from the much-lauded hospitality VAT cuts, which don’t include alcohol, and the Eat Out To Help […]

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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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