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The BDA will principally deliver information at a detailed operational level suitable for the day-to-day needs of small and new businesses.

We will respond to government consultations and seek to influence government policy. We will also raise matters on our own initiative.

We will initiate seminars for members with HMRC to discuss policy and operational matters in our sector.

We provide advice on all relevant compliance matters and will advise on industry best practice and training.

Specific areas and topics covered by BDA membership

  • Spirits production (distillation)

  • Rectifying (re-distillation of spirits) and compounding (communicating flavour to spirits);

  • HMRC licenses, authorisations, approvals and registration (including ownership of goods in a third party warehouse under the Warehousekeepers and Owners of Warehoused Goods Regulations 1999 (“WOWGR”);

  • Accounts and records and duty payment;

  • Duty stamps;

  • Financial securities;

  • HMRC’s Due Diligence Condition and members’ policies to meet this Condition;

  • Duty-suspended and duty-paid supply chains;

  • Product integrity and compliance with classification rules, including the spirits verification schemes and (current) EU regulation 110/2008 concerning the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirits drinks;

  • Distance selling;

  • The Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme (AWRS)

  • Health and safety

  • Dispute resolution with HMRC, including prompt expert advice on:

    • the Alternative Dispute Resolution option;

    • formal reviews of decisions by HMRC and appeals to The Tax Tribunal, with licensed direct access to the Bar via the BDA co-ordinator, if required.

  • Innovation in production methods and drinks development;

  • Advice on training and arranging training programmes.

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