SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.
SIBA was instrumental in campaigning for Progressive Beer Duty (PBD), which came into place in 2002. This beer duty system allows smaller breweries to pay less tax on their products and has led to an explosion of new breweries in the last decade.
PBD still plays a major role in the Britain’s vibrant beer market. SIBA’s membership survey recently highlighted how important PBD is to their business with 70% stressing that PBD in at least its current format is ’vital’ to their business, with an additional 24% highlighting this as ‘very important’ or ‘important’.
SIBA currently represents more than 825 independent craft breweries and our vision is ‘to deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing.’
SIBA launched a three year Strategic Plan in March 2015. To help achieve the vision ‘to deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing’, SIBA highlighted four strategic aims:
Promote and campaign for our members
Provide and enhance commercial opportunities
Grow and develop our membership
Develop our capability
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Beerflex (formerly DDS) has grown into a business, which in its latest year, achieved a turnover of more than £12m
Beerflex currently buys over 3,500 draught and bottled beers from around 600 participating SIBA brewers and sells them on to 17 national pub companies and off-trade retailers – companies with which, until the establishment of Beerflex, brewers of local beers found it extremely difficult to trade.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of SIBA, Beerflex operates without profit and ensures that its customers – over 2,300 pubs and stores across Britain – receive the best possible prices, delivered in the freshest, most cost effective and environmentally friendly way.
The operation is very simple. Beerflex receives orders from a company or outlet direct via EDI, e-mail, telephone or text and we distribute them on a daily basis to Beerflex members.
Brewers access their orders through the Members area of the website, the Toolbox, and deliver the required products direct to the outlet according to the SIBA Delivery Charter.
SIBA Beerflex reports centrally on all deliveries made and provides consolidated invoices to the company Head Office, which will then produce any appropriate documentation for the individual outlet.
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