SIBA, the Society for Independent Brewers, have today announced that their Brewery Business Awards are now open for entries – seeking to highlight the best breweries in the UK across a broad range of categories.
Also launching today is the much coveted SIBA Tankard Lifetime Achievement Award, which is open to people from across the industry and has previously been awarded to the likes of Beer Writer Roger Protz, and the late Dave Wickett, founder of Sheffield’s Kelham Island brewery, amongst others.
Whilst the Business Awards seek to highlight excellence in independent craft brewing across a variety of categories, from pump clip, can and bottle design to efforts taken by brewers to make their business more eco-friendly or commercially successful, the Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates and rewards an individual who has, over the course of a number of years, made an outstanding contribution to SIBA or the UK brewing industry in general, at either national or regional level.
“This award congratulates those individuals who have gone above and beyond to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to the wider brewing industry. Nominees for the lifetime achievement award do not need to be members of SIBA and may be nominated by members & non-members alike, however if the nominator is not a SIBA member the nomination must be sponsored by a Full SIBA member.” Nick Stafford, SIBA Operations Director
The Business Awards were updated in 2016 to include new independent craft beer retail, restaurant and promotion categories in response to the success of the beer market in the UK and the growing importance to recognise those businesses going the extra mile.
“The new independent craft beer categories were launched in 2016 in response to the success of the beer market in the UK and the growing importance to recognise those businesses going the extra mile. We believe the awards are unique in that they are judged by those from within the industry rather than publications or other awards bodies looking in.” Nick Stafford, SIBA Operations Director
Those categories remain for this year, with the organisers commenting that competition will be even tougher this time around as the British independent craft beer industry goes from strength to strength.
To find out more information on the entry criteria of the Business Awards 2017 please visit http://siba.co.uk/
The closing date for all entries is the 31st January 2017, with judging taking place during February and the awards being presented at BeerX in March.
For further information please contact SIBA PR & Marketing Manager, and Business Awards organiser, Neil Walker via firstname.lastname@example.org