From November, the Job Support Scheme replaces furlough, but it doesn’t change the situation for the many in the brewing industry who have been made redundant in recent months, and those who will be in the weeks ahead.

As a result, The Drinks Trust, the drinks industry charity and community organisation, will be stepping in to provide support to members of the brewing industry who have been made redundant in the last four months, and those in the process of redundancy.

For those facing severe financial hardship, 200 emergency grants of £250 from The Drinks Trust are now available. Depending on demand and ongoing donations to the charity, more may be made available in coming weeks.

The charity will also look to provide mental health services to bring industry colleagues and support across talking therapies, sleep and insomnia treatment and mindful drinking. 

Ross Carter, chief executive of The Drinks Trust, said: “We particularly wanted to reach out to those in the brewing sector, who, like many others in the drinks and hospitality industries, have been hard hit, and have gone without the support of others.

Ongoing support for those who have fallen on hard times

“Industries like brewing risk being amongst those who go unseen by the public, despite having faced some of the most significant challenges in their careers in recent months.”

James Calder, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), said: “The hospitality industry is being devastated by the coronavirus social distancing and lockdown measures imposed on it, with small independent brewers some of the worst hit, having received no support from government.

“SIBA are working with The Drinks Trust on the End of Furlough Grant and would encourage anyone impacted by redundancy to apply for the grant today, and speak to the Drinks Trust about the ongoing support they can offer those who have fallen on hard times.”

• To find out more about The Drinks Trust’s End of Furlough Grant and how to apply, visit

• Business are welcome to donate and support The Drinks Trust’s End of Furlough Grant by emailing 


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