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March for Indies: Still time to get local MP and media on side and back duty campaign

Published:  27 February, 2015

Harpers is today repeating its calll out to independent wine merchants across the UK to lobby both their MP and local media to back the Drop the Duty campaign and invite both to their business so that they can hear their story for themselves.

 

 

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Hunters of Helmsly named Best Small Shop in the UK

Published:  26 February, 2015

Hunters of Helmsley, the Yorkshire deli and fine wine merchants, is the 2015 winner of the Best Small Shop Competition.

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Entries for Harpers Awards extended by a week to March 6

Published:  26 February, 2015

The deadline to enter the 2015 Harpers Awards has been extended by a weeek to March 6 to alllow extra time for the trade to collate their entries.

 

 

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WSTA welcomes Home Office decision to scrap locally-set licensing fees

Published:  26 February, 2015

The WSTA has welcomed the government's decision to scrap proposals for locally set licensing fees.

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TescoGate: Dan Jago to return to retailer following investigation

Published:  26 February, 2015

Dan Jago, who was suspended from his role as Tesco's director of wine, spirits and beer at the height of the fallout from the £263 million shortfall in the retailer's profits, is being reinstated and will return to the retailer in a new role on March 9.

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Doctors call for the duty escalator to be reintroduced

Published:  26 February, 2015

Doctors and alcohol charities are calling on the government to reinstate the alcohol duty escalator in the Budget in March.

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Now or never call by WSTA's Miles Beale for trade to back Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  26 February, 2015

With less than three weeks to go before the Budget, Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, has made an empassioned appeal to the industry to act now and get fully behind its campaign to persuade the Chancellor to cut alcohol duty by 2% in his March Budget.

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Brazil wine sales quadruple on back of strong multiple support

Published:  26 February, 2015

Brazilian wine sales in the UK have more than quadrupled over the last year following strong support from multiple retailers.

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Major trade figures urge whole industry to act now and back the Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  26 February, 2015

Senior trade figures are rallying around the Drop the Duty campaign and urging everyone in the sector to play their part and lobby their MP to call on the Chancellor to cut alcohol duty rates by 2% in the March Budget.

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Conviviality Retail signs franchise deal for GT stores to push its c-store off-licence model

Published:  26 February, 2015

Conviviality Retail has signed a 10-year franchise agreement with award winning East Anglian-based convenience retailer, Jonathan James to run 35 franchise stores. 

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Soul Tree exceeds crowdfunding target to boost its Indian wine business

Published:  25 February, 2015

Indian wine producer Soul Tree has raised more than £388,000 through crowdfunding, which it says will help it put Indian wines on the map.

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Champagne Jayne supporters launch fundraising effort to pay legal fees

Published:  25 February, 2015

 

Supporters of Jayne Powell, better known as Champagne Jayne, have started a fundraising effort to help pay her legal fees in her on-going legal dispute with the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC).

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Online and c-store shopping will drive global wine sales says ProWein and Wine Intelligence

Published:  25 February, 2015

Online and convenience shopping will be the two key channels that wine companies and prducers will have to target in the future in the major global wine markets, according to new research from ProWein and Wine Intelligence. 

 

 

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Ex-Tesco director David Potts named as new Morrisons chief executive

Published:  25 February, 2015

Morrisons has named former Tesco director, David Potts, as its new chief executive following weeks of speculation of who would succeed Dalton Phillips who announced he was stepping down in January.

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Restaurant and bar owners confident about future says news CGA Peach study

Published:  25 February, 2015

Up to 90% of pub, bar and restaurant owners are optimistic about their businesses in the year ahead despite ongoing concerns about staff costs and finding a niche in the market, according to latest research from CGA Peach.

 

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March for Indies: 10 ways to boost sales and business through Twitter

Published:  25 February, 2015

Twittter is no longer just a way to communicate, keep in touch and build your audience, it can also really help to drive sales and bring new and existing customers to your business.

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Independent wine merchants urged to appeal soaring business rates in hardest hit areas

Published:  24 February, 2015

Independent wine merchants and high street retailers are being urged to appeal soaring business rates before a March 31 deadline that will set new rates until 2017.

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New Zealand wineries award first scholarship to UK MW student

Published:  24 February, 2015

A group of artisan wine producers in New Zealand have awarded their first MW scholarship to a UK-based wine writer.

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Australia needs a strategy that speaks for all its wine industry says Wine Business Solutions

Published:  24 February, 2015

The quickest way for the Australian wine industry to achieve the effective and lasting changes it seeks is to implement a strategy that does not just speak for the big corporations, but works for all levels, according to leading research body Wine Business Solutions.

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Matthew Clark brings in 30 new producers to meet market and customer demands

Published:  24 February, 2015

 

 

Trade visitors to Matthew Clark's #WhyWeLoveWine event next week will have the chance to taste over 30 new producers that have been taken on by the wholesaler

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