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Keeping the list keen

Published:  23 February, 2018

We asked leading indie merchants how they approach buying and what they will be hunting out for 2018. Philip Amps, Greg Sherwood MW and Henry Butler explain the method (and occassional madness) in planning for the year ahead:


The indie retailer where the customer is king

Published:  05 February, 2018

With a no-nonsense attitude to wine retailing and a true focus on the customers’ needs, The Vineking in Surrey is approaching 2018 with a renewed focus. Lisa Riley reports


Meet the Buyers: Darren Willis, owner, Grape & Grind

Published:  03 January, 2018

Like many professionals working in the trade, a career in wine was never part of the original plan – I studied mechanical engineering at university, graduating in 1997. Yet after completing a WSET course in London, I applied for a position at Harvey Nichols in 2001. I soon fell in love with both the people and subject, a passion that endures today.


Looking ahead: Ruth Yates, founder and MD, Cork’s Out

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.


Independent outlook

Published:  14 December, 2017

Looking ahead to 2018, James Lawrence finds the indie sector in a buoyant mood, with flexibility key to meeting the challenges ahead


Buying direct: Pros & cons

Published:  13 July, 2017

It can be a positive move, but there are issues to be weighed up before buying direct. Lisa Riley reports


Making more of less

Published:  08 June, 2017

The trend to drink better but not so much opens up new quality levels for independents keen to capture more discerning consumers.


Q&A: Phil Innes, owner, Loki Wine

Published:  08 June, 2017

With two new openings planned this year (God of Mischief willing), Loki’s Phil Innes talks to Andrew Catchpole about business and why the indie scene is on a roll.


Vindependents poised to add spirits and beers to its portfolio

Published:  02 June, 2017

Vindependents, the drinks agency for independents run by independents, is going from strength to strength but the buying group is far from resting on its laurels.


Berry Bros & Rudd reveals ‘accessible' own-label wine collection

Published:  10 May, 2017

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched a range of wines priced from £7.95 in a bid to provide greater accessibility.