Hull’s Great Newsome Brewery has been awarded one of the first Food Safety and Quality Certificates to be accredited by the Society of Independent Brewers.

The SIBA FSQ was launched in July to provide retailers with an independently assessed quality management mark to help them identify high-quality brewers in a crowded and competitive market place.

Craft brewer Great Newsom was awarded the unique standard following a rigorous audit of its brewery and practises back in September.

The scheme is administered by a SIBA-employed food technologist, and the one-day audit is carried out by independent inspectors.

All elements of brewing practises from storage and handling of raw materials through to record keeping and safety at work fall under the remit of the audit.

“To be one of the first breweries in the UK to be audited and awarded a SIBA FSQ certificate is fantastic recognition for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes by the team here at the brewery,” said Matthew Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery.

“I believe having a quality standard like this helps small brewers like ourselves especially when talking to potential and existing customers. It gives them the same confidence to buy from us as they would from a much larger business.”

Launching the standard, Mike Benner, managing director of SIBA, said: “SIBA has a strong reputation with retailers and we are confident that our scheme fills a gap in the marketplace and provides members with an important first step towards the widely recognised SALSA Standard.

“The new scheme provides an important new practical benefit to SIBA membership and we are pleased to be offering it at a price that makes it affordable to even the smallest brewer.”

Audits are carried out biannually.

SIBA hopes that some 500 brewers will achieve accreditation over the next few years.

SIBA was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.

Founded in 2007, the Great Newsome Brewery has won three World Beer Awards.

Its beers are brewed using home-grown malting barley from its farm. They are available to both the on- and the off-trade in cask or bottle format.