At one point I was the secretary for the South Eastern region and never had any problems dealing with the members. Dealing with the professional staff was at times more problematic though, I certainly thought they came across as rude at times, and I had a few complaints from members saying the same thing.
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The Direct Delivery Scheme (or Brewflex now) causes problems too, perhaps related to the previous ones. It certainly opened up large pub chains to SIBA members' beer, but the prices are poor and SIBA central take a cut too. That a lot of SIBA's money comes from selling beer to big companies must influence the decisions made at head office.
The recent 'negotiated' sharp reduction in the price the pub chain Enterprise will pay for beer has brought the problems many have with SIBA to a head. I've heard reports of dozens of members leaving from just one region, and it will be interesting to see how the discontent of the remaining members is expressed at the next conference. SIBA's problems could be coming home to roost.