SIBA asks election candidates to back independent brewers

Posted in Licensing | May 22, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), which represents more than 850 independent craft breweries across the UK, is asking candidates to back Britain’s independent craft brewing businesses ahead of the General Election in June.

SIBA is encouraging candidates to sign up to its Election Manifesto, which was sent to parliamentary candidates last week. The manifesto sets out a number of ways in which SIBA is seeking to work with MPs and Government to secure the future of the independent brewing sector.

The Manifesto highlights the success of the UK independent brewing industry, with more breweries per head of population than any other country in the world, while also recognising the challenges faced by small brewing businesses due to intense competition and restricted access to market.

Mike Benner, SIBA Managing Director, said: “SIBA’s Manifesto sets out five key areas which are vital for the future health of the independent craft brewing industry in the UK; asking candidates to actively support local brewing businesses, back the retention of Small Breweries’ Relief, support SIBA’s campaign to ensure local brewers have the access to market to meet the demands of beer drinkers, back pubs as centres of community life, and finally back SIBA’s campaign for a fair deal on beer tax with at least a freeze in beer duty during the next parliament.”  

Download SIBA’s Manifesto here.

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