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14th March 2014

Butcombe tops SIBA business awards

Butcombe Brewery beat intense competition to take the title of Overall Brewery Business of the Year, announced today at the organisation’s BeerX event in Sheffield.

Judges gave the top title in the SIBA Business Awards to Avon-based Butcombe for a highly effective campaign to raise the profile of its bottled beers among supermarket buyers, which created standout for the brewery in a crowded market. Butcombe won the Best Marketing & Communications category on its way to taking the overall prize.

A further seven brewers were recognised in the Business Awards for excellence in everything from community support to business development, while accolades were also handed to six brewers in the SIBA Design Awards, judged alongside the Business Awards. Padstow Brewing Company won the Best Total Design Concept Award, as well as three out of the four top prizes for bottle label and pump clip designs.

Presenting the Awards, SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock said, “The SIBA Business Awards have been running for nine years and in that time the number of brewers within our ranks has multiplied to the point where today, we have close to 800 members. 

“Brewers who want to succeed in this competitive environment have to be good businesspeople as well as good brewers, employing a raft of skills from marketing and communication to design and customer support. Engagement with their local community and commitment to building a sustainable business are also rewarded in this Award scheme.

“We are, once again, impressed with the very high standard of entries to the Business Awards, which demonstrates that what our members may lack in size, they more than make up for in their professionalism and commitment to their business.   

“With talented and dedicated individuals like these at the forefront of local brewing, we should be optimistic about the prospects for the sector.”

At the Business Awards, SIBA members also named label manufacturers Label Apeel as Best SIBA Supplier Associate.

Caption to attached image: Martin Holland, off trade sales director at Butcombe Brewery; SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock; Caron & Des Archer of Padstow Brewery


SIBA Business Awards and Design Awards 2014





Business Award Overall Winner

Cool Shock Events

Butcombe Brewery, Avon


Best Customer Support

Crisp Malting Group

Sonnet 43 Brew House, Co. Durham



Best Community Support

Enterprise Inns

Corvedale Brewery, Shropshire

Lymestone Brewery, Stone, Staffordshire

Best Green Business


Bays Brewery, Torbay


Best Marketing & Communication

Festival Glass

Butcombe Brewery, near Bristol


Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham

Best Business Development


Moorhouse’s Brewery, Burnley

Sonnet 43 Brew House, Co. Durham AND Truman’s Brewery, London





Best Total Design Concept


Padstow Brewing Company

Roosters Brewing Company, Knaresborough

Best Individual Bottle Label/Packaged Beer Design


Padstow Brewing Company

Treboom Brewery, north Yorkshire

Best Range of Bottle Labels/Packaged Beer Design


Fourpure Brewing Company, Bermondsey

Roosters Brewing Company, Knaresborough

Best Individual Pumpclip / Draught Beer Point-of-Sale

Willis Publicity

Padstow Brewing Company

Brighton Bier

Best Range of Pumpclips / Draught Beer Point-of-Sale

Willis Publicity

Padstow Brewing Company

Prescott Ales, Cheltenham

Best Supplier Associate


Label Apeel




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