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The Craft Beer, Distilling and Winemaking Industry is one of the fastest growing segments in the hospitality industry with craft beer, craft spirits and winemakers all making their mark on the Australian independent industry.

The alcohol production and distribution industries are highly regulated in Australia, and navigating these requirements can prove difficult. Whilst some are able to turn their dream into a profitable business, we encourage entrepreneurs to be well informed on the demands, administration and costs associated with such a venture. 

SMART Business Solutions are well versed in understanding the requirements and pressures of industry startups, and can guide you on the industry, the licensing administrative and taxation requirements, and how to plan for success with your new venture.

Whilst our website offers an overview of the industry advice and licensing requirements, we encourage you to make an appointment with our industry advisors to have an in depth discussion. There are many ways we can help. Email us or phone us on 03 5911 7000 to discuss our services.

Wineries

The Mornington Peninsula is famous for green hinterlands full of boutique wineries offering cellar door experiences and wonderful restaurants. As glamorous as it may sound to own a winery, the ability to manage the business effectively and profitably is becoming increasingly difficult. Not only did the reduced WET rebate impact cashflow, but fluctuating economic conditions, and extreme weather all present a challenge to traditional business planning.

Managing cashflow for working capital, investment in state-of-the-art equipment and marketing your business seems to be a never-ending juggling act.

As an accounting firm with more winery clients than any other firm in the Mornington Peninsula region, our team understand the risks and opportunities unique to your industry. We take a strategic view of your operations and provide guidance and advice on a number of matters including:

✔   Accounting and tax compliance
✔   Cloud accounting & inventory management software implementation
✔   Wine equalisation tax (WET tax)
✔   Strategic taxation advice
✔   Structuring and restructuring
✔   Business management issues
✔   Cash flow and financing
✔   Exit and succession planning
✔   Estate planning


So whether you’re a family owned and operated winery or managed by a board of directors, SMART Business Solutions can provide clear, concise and relevant advice to help you succeed.


LET'S TALK WINE

Craft Breweries

Changing consumer tastes, particularly the shift towards premium beers and the desire for a casual ‘craft pub’ experience have seen a strong demand that has benefited our local craft breweries.

Many craft beer companies started as a backyard brewer. Growing from a ‘hobby’ size into a business requires significant investment in equipment for the business to evolve to the next level. Managing cashflow for working capital, investment in state-of-the-art equipment, stock control and marketing your business can make or break the success of the brewery.

As the firm that has more craft brewery clients than any other firm on the Mornington Peninsula and greater Frankston region, our team understand excise taxes, risks and opportunities unique to your industry. We take a strategic view of your operations and provide guidance and advice on a number of matters including:

✔   Accounting and tax compliance
✔   Cloud accounting & inventory management software implementation
✔   Exise tax
✔   Strategic taxation advice
✔   Structuring and restructuring
✔   Business management issues
✔   Cash flow and financing
✔   Exit and succession planning
✔   Estate planning

So whether you’re a family owned and operated brewery or managed by a board of directors, we can provide clear, concise and relevant advice to help you succeed.

LET'S TALK BEER

Distilleries


Australians were once strictly importers of mass-produced spirits, making the emergence of a whole new industry so exciting – the boutique distillery. Many new distilleries are opening up on the Mornington Peninsula offering not only the drinks, but an experience. And with the COVID-19 pandemic many distillers have innovated to supply sanitiser in this current environment.

Managing cashflow for working capital, investment in state-of-the-art equipment, stock control and marketing your business can make or break the success of the distillery.

As the firm that has the most craft alcohol clients of any other firm in the area our team understand excise taxes, risks and opportunities unique to your industry. We take a strategic view of your operations and provide guidance and advice on a number of matters including:

✔   Accounting and tax compliance
✔   Cloud accounting & inventory management software implementation
✔   Excise tax
✔   Strategic taxation advice
✔   Structuring and restructuring
✔   Business management issues
✔   Cash flow and financing
✔   Exit and succession planning
✔   Estate planning

LET'S TALK SPIRITS