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SIBA – The voice of British Independent Brewing

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced on 5 November.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until the end of March with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.

Similarly, support for millions more workers through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be increased, with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500.

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SIBA 19.02.20

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday and the Chancellor’s Budget, the independent brewing sector needs to see. 

On Monday 22nd, the PM’s plan:

  1. A swift, safe, sustainable re-opening with minimal restrictions once the top 9 vaccination groups are immunised, plus 3 weeks.
  2. No ‘soft’ opening which includes restrictions that make hospitality trade uneconomically.
  3. A recognition that hospitality has been unfairly scapegoated. All evidence points towards hospitality having some of the lowest vector rates. A recognition that hospitality can, and will be part of the engine of recovery.
  4. A minimum of two weeks notice to enable brewers to brew and pubs to switch back on.
  5. Plans to priority immunise workers who by definition cannot work from home, including those in hospitality.


SIBA 19.02.20

On March 3rd, The Chancellor’s Budget:

  1. Targeted grants for breweries across the UK in line with the Scottish Brewers Support fund, and an extension of business rates holidays to the sector and supply chain.
  2. Cuts in VAT to benefit alcohol to 5%
  3. A new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, which includes beer
  4. Cuts in beer duty, and changes to the planned hikes for around 150 breweries within the Small Breweries Relief Scheme
  5. An extension of flexible furlough as demand, and confidence returns to the economy.

GOV UK – Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National minimum wage (or the National living wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

SIBA 19.02.20

SIBA’s stance across the UK

In Wales pubs and hospitality are unlikely to see a reopening in the next two review periods (6 weeks) but as non-essential shops could reopen in March and tourism in Easter, the Wales Government should outline what this means for hospitality. 
In Scotland the first steps of the reopening plan were revealed on 22 February, with schools returning on 16 February. We expect more to be revealed on 23 February but the First Minister has said that pubs and hospitality will not reopen imminently. 
This week NI extended lockdown until 1 April and plans to stagger the reopening of schools. There is a review on 18 March where hopefully there will be more information on the reopening of pubs and hospitality.


Rankin – Let’s Raise A Glass

Rankin want us all to drive as much traffic to local businesses as possible, with an exciting social media campaign that promotes the benefits of buying direct. #RaiseAGlass is about being part of a big movement, supporting smaller producers and celebrating the end of another week with refreshing recommendations.

Tag them on social media platforms and use the #RaiseAGlass hashtag to get involved!


OpentoWork – Find & fill job opportunities in the Midlands

OpentoWork is a platform to connect those looking for Full or Part Time work, as well as freelancers, contractors and other sole traders and those with skills to offer to businesses looking for talent.
This is a non-profit venture so there is a small charge – detailed on their website. If you are a company or recruitment business looking for staff you can also list the opportunity on the site as well.


Online sales - get selling direct


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.

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#PullingTogether Campaign
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:

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. 

Challenge insurers to meet their obligations to the sector

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.  

Read more here and if you’ve had your insurance cover refused complete this short survey from SIBA

Cask Marque Guide to bar and cellar closures process (Cask & Keg)

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.

Click here to download

Storing ingredients

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

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:

  • Short term hardship grants* for those in extreme financial hardship are available to licensed trade people.
  • Financial support* with rent or mortgage interest arrears and if you are at threat of losing your accommodation we can give practical help.
  • Emotional support for any worries that you have about you and your family’s are experiencing in the current economic climate.
  • Practical advice provided by trained CAB specialists giving guidance on varied issues
  • Mental (or emotional) Well-being.

Mental health support for pub staff

By Emily Hawkins

There are several charities offering resources to publicans struggling with their mental health, such as helplines and worksheets.


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.

Legal advice

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

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.

Scottish Drinks Industry Charity

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

Drink Trust

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:

We thank you for your understanding. If you require urgent support please contact our helpline: 0800 915 4610 

HMRC Helpline

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

Other useful links

James Calder
CEO of SIBA. A must follow

The voice of British independent brewing.

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

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Charles Faram has been established as merchants of hops and hop products for over 150 years. The company, which was originally based in  Worcester, now resides in the small hamlet of Newland, situated at the foot of the picturesque Malvern Hills.

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