What’s your favourite hop? Bramling Cross. Beautiful blackcurrant aromas which go perfectly with my favourite style of beers. What’s your favourite beer? Mmm, tricky one.
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£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses
Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has (30 July 2020) announced.
Find out more here
Post lockdown advice
FAQ’s from government as of 13th May
You can find answers to lots of your questions here.
SIBA Advice For Brewers – 07/05
This is a ‘live’ document and will be regularly updated – please check the change log for details of the latest changes. For latest Government advice, visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Further details have been released of other areas of support available from the government to help businesses, employees, and the self-employed. These include:
There are a range of other resources available though, so check out the full detail here.
From SIBA 01/05:
Government departments are hosting a series of free webinars to help businesses understand the support available including:
Plus many more topics. You can find all the details and register for these seminars here
The Government’s advice that the public should avoid pubs and other social venues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic will threaten the very survival of our pubs, breweries and cider makers. This page aims to provide helpful resources for the publicans, brewers and cider makers while highlighting ways the public can help protect these venues from closure.
List your brewery on the Craft Beer Hour website
As brewery sales to pub have been dramatically impacted by the Government measures advising people to avoid pubs many breweries are putting their efforts into online sales. SIBA are lobbying Government to relax the licensing laws to make it easier for small independent breweries to sell beer direct to the public and we will advise on this further once we have more information.
In the meantime for those breweries who can sell direct to the public one quick and easy way to get the word out is to list it here on the Craft Beer Hour website for free – simply click ‘Submit your Business’. You can also apply to be a ‘Featured Brewery’, for more info on promoting your brewery click here.
Scroll down to ‘All initiatives’ to see what’s going on. You can also list your business activities here.
Publican support phone line
A support hotline for pub owners and operators, in order to provide information on financial support available to them during this crisis.
You can freephone: 0207 728 2556
Enquire via email at: Publican.Support@uk.gt.com
Or find out more by clicking the link below
Bottling & Canning Services
SIBA Members have made efforts to open up their bottling and canning services to assist independent breweries who don’t have in-house bottling / canning lines get their beers into small pack and out into the market.
You can find out more about who is offering this service by clicking on the button above.
How to launch a takeaway offer
Amid the Government’s advice for the public to avoid the pub, some sites have opted to deliver food to self-isolating customers who still crave pub grub.
15.05.2020 from SIBA
SIBA, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and the hospitality sector have come together to call on the Association of British Insurers to provide further support for pubs & breweries hit by the Coronavirus crisis.
The Chancellor has confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme will be extended to October and that from the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month.
An excellent guide created by the expert Cask Marque assessor team and Avanti Solutions. If you are closing down your taproom, pub or bar then this guide tells you how to do it safely and hygienically so that when you do need to use it again it will still be in perfect condition.
From Murphy’s: Business planning and continuity is essential, so we started asking questions, can we model and forecast our sales? What are our customers going through? How long might it last? Do I have the cash flow to survive this time period?
Click here for a few steps that they have implemented that has helped calmed the situation so far
How to store hops
Storing hops – We thought that it would be useful to publish some pointers on how to store your hops, not only as normal best practice, but especially in these times where some breweries are closing temporarily
NCYC Wet/Fresh Yeast Supply service update
23/03/2020 An update from Murphy & Son on your storage options
25/03/2020 We are asking that customers send yeast to both Murphys Lab and Direct to NCYC. This way if NCYC has to close we can store the strains temporarily at Murphys on agar slopes.
The buttons link to the prices and to the form Murphy’s needs to be filled in to be able to store the yeast. Adam Divall who is Murphy’s Senior Microbiologist will be happy to assist Faram’s and Murphy’s customers to get this sorted.
The addresses are as follows:
National Collection of Yeast Cultures, QIB Extra, Norwich Research Park, NORWICH NR4 7UQ
The Laboratory, Murphy and Son Ltd, Alpine Street Old Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0HQ.
Customers should drop Adam an email to let Murphy’s know that they’re coming in he can sort the logistics from there.
Murphy’s are offering a 25% discount off the first propagation brewers request when normal business resumes, but highlight that this is quite an unprecedented situation – new pitches typically take 3 weeks to grow up to pitch-able volumes and the demand for this service is going to be extremely high all at the same time ,so there is likely to be timing issues in terms of getting the yeast ready to go. It’s best that everyone knows this upfront. Murphy’s are working on guides and help to reduce this time and get the most out of the pitch which they will send out in due course.Murphy
Licensed Trade Charity: How they can help
The Licensed Trade Charity’s free helpline is open 24/7/365 on 0808 801 0550 for professional advice on any issues you may have, health, money or otherwise.
Message from LTC: “We understand that the hospitality sector has already been impacted and will be further hit hard in the coming months, especially as the Government has increased social distancing and self-isolation measures.
The Licensed Trade Charity stands strong in this sea of uncertainty offering support to licensed trade people and the good news is that a lot of these issues are not new to us, we have been supporting licensed trade people for many years.”
Some of the support they can offer:
Crowdfunder offering 100% free fund-raising for your business
Crowdfunder are offering 100% free fundraising for your business along with support from Enterprise Nation. If you’re concerned about the survival of your business and think that you could benefit from road funding from your customers or other beer-lovers then click the link below.
Message from Crowdfunder: We are offering this service 100% free, so every penny you raise will go to you. This has been set-up very quickly in response to this growing crisis, so please bear with us and forgive us if you see any references to fees throughout the set-up process. Any fees do not apply, that’s our guarantee.
1 Hour Free Legal Advice via Napthens + New HR Service
SIBA provides a legal & business helpline for its members, provided by Silver Supplier Associate member, Napthens.
The helpline can deal with any legal or commercial query from employment or HR through to raising finance and is manned by a specialist team of solicitors with a great deal of experience in dealing with breweries whether they are micro, local or regional. The team can be contacted on 0845 671 0277 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
SIBA Legal Help Line (1 Hour free)
CALL: 0845 671 0277
HR Service for Breweries
A large proportion of the queries received through the helpline relate to HR and employment law issues, so Napthens has created a be-spoke package tailored to the brewing industry. HR3 gives you everything you need to deal with the HR side of the business. You also get protection and peace of mind if a claim is brought against you in the Employment Tribunal.
This is a paid-for service, but Napthens offer all SIBA members a 10% discount. For more info click here.
The Ben: The Scottish Drinks Industry Charity
To find out what support you may be eligible for, please contact us by completing a short online form (via button below) and one of the team will be touch to discuss your circumstances. Alternatively, you can contact Chris Gardner directly by email or by calling 0141 353 3596.
You can also call our FREE Mental Health Support Line on 0800 915 4610
The Drinks Trust (Formerly The Benevolent)
The Drinks Trust is now open for applications for financial support to individuals who have been significantly affected as a result of COVID-19. The Trust will look to support up to 2000 people.
For more information and to apply visit: www.drinkstrust.org.uk/CV19-fund
We thank you for your understanding. If you require urgent support please contact our helpline: 0800 915 4610
Because of the pressure put on businesses by the Coronavirus the Government are allowing breweries to defer their Beer Tax payments
If you cannot pay because of the Coronavirus, call the HMRC Coronavirus helpline.
HMRC Coronavirus Helpline
Telephone: 0800 015 9559
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
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Supporting brewers, cider makers and the pubs trade during these uncertain times
We’re pressing the Government for urgent interventions to keep pubs from closing
Stay safe people. We will support you where we can.
Please be aware of unavoidable disruption to our delivery service. For pallet deliveries check out the plan of distribution days from our pallet delivery service