Where to next? Answering questions around business survival or exit webinar

In response to the many emails and phone calls we are receiving asking for member resources on strategies to assist your business when facing financial challenges – including excise debts we ran a webinar on Tuesday 21 November.

All IBA members can now watch the recording via the member resource area.


In this economic environment we have seen a lot of changes to both business models and the ramifications of the economic downturn for our brewery members and industry suppliers.

This webinar responds to the many questions noted in our member survey earlier this year where members asked 'Is merger a dirty word? What is safe harbour for directors? I'm not sure if I want to continue or close down my business? I want to financially restructure but don't know where to start? I want to prep for sale - how do I do that? How do I find a reliable administrator, how to I work with the ATO to deal with my excise debts?’

Come and listen or participate in the live webinar where a panel of experts will share their sage advice and respond to your questions …


Mathew Brittingham - Tributum Law

Mathew Brittingham, is the Managing Director of Tributum Law, a specialist tax & trusts law advisory firm. Mathew’s broad expertise includes advising on tax avoidance, international tax, tax structuring, wine equalisation tax and excise. 

Mathew has extensive experience in advising clients in the alcohol industry in relation to their tax and excise issues. He acts for such clients across all of Australia from large manufacturers to small family brewers, and businesses servicing such operations. 

Mathew is regularly called on to advise alcohol manufacturers in relation to their excise obligations, licensing requirements, eligibility to claim remissions and product classification. 

He also routinely assists alcohol industry clients to resolve excise audits and disputes with the ATO. Mathew is consistently recognised as an industry leader in lawyer rating guides and Australian wide awards in the tax law field.

Andrew Jago - SRJ Walker Wayland

Andrew started his business advisory journey as a CPA in a small regional accounting practice.  During his time there, he discovered his love of problem solving, as well as finding ways to help business owners have a better business and life – along with making sure their accounting and tax was sorted.

After moving to Brisbane, he joined a global superannuation advice firm as their Queensland regional manager.  In this role, he dealt with hundreds of businesses, and refined his skills in helping business owners.  Following this, he became a business owner himself, being the COO responsible for the significant growth of the Wandoan Accommodation Park in central Queensland.

More recently, he’s been a business advisor, and since 2017 has specialised in the craft brewing and artisanal spirits industries.

Andrew joined SRJ Walker Wayland in early 2023, and brings his strong business and artisanal sector experience to complement SRJ’s significant advisory and compliance capability

When he isn’t sampling beers at his local indie brewery, he’s Dad to 4 young men, and regularly rediscovers his resilience and negotiating skills as a Rugby referee.

Richard Abraham - DBA Advisory

Richard has over 30 years’ experience in corporate finance, restructuring and formal insolvency.

More recently with DBA Advisory, Richard has been assisting SMEs with a range of issues caused by the COVID pandemic and recent pressures on consumer spending. These issues have certainly impacted the craft brewing industry, as seen in recent projects for Bad Shepherd Brewing and Dainton Beer.