This week started with the good news that CAMRA have backed SIBA’s call on Government to reverse their decision to drop the upper SBR full relief limit from 5,000hl to 2,100hl, which would see tax bills rise for hundreds of small independent breweries across the UK.
For businesses struggling out of lockdown the timing could not be worse and SIBA are making the argument in the strongest possible terms that there is no social or economic benefit to this policy. Having the backing of CAMRA is a huge boost for the cause and we are working with them to engage their wider volunteer network via an email this Friday, as well as a joint poster / social media campaign (to be displayed in pubs, bars and taprooms) which aims to boost signatures for the Anspach & Hobday launched petition. (If you haven’t already shared with your customer database please do so asap as we want to hit 100,000 signatures to trigger a debate in Parliament on this issue).
Important: Upload your costs to reverse the Government’s SBR announcement
We need your urgent help to challenge the Government’s proposed changes to Small Breweries’ Relief. The Treasury announcement to take the 50% SBR threshold from 5,000hl down to 2,100hl was based on what we believe to be unreliable data collected by the Treasury consultation from January 2019, from hypothetical data provided by the SBDRC and a sample of 42 breweries from 2018 and 33 from 2019 that SIBA submitted.
Regardless if your brewery is smaller than 2,100hl, in the ‘reform range’ or above 5,000hl we as a brewing industry needs as large, and as reliable a dataset as possible to demonstrate that the decision, based on poor data and poor understanding of the market should be reversed.