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Drinkaware aims to cut alcohol misuse in young people with life skills education

Published:  03 October, 2011

Drinkaware has launched a life-skills based education programme with the aim of lowering alcohol misuse among young people.

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Minimum wage hike kicks in

Published:  03 October, 2011

The minimum wage has gone up, with the main rate for over-21s rising by 15p to £6.08 an hour.
The minimum wage has gone up, with the main rate for over-21s rising by 15p to £6.08 an hour.

 

The wage hike took effect on Saturday October 1, and also affects 18-20 year-olds, increasing by 6p to £4.98 an hour; it is up to £3.68 for 16 to 17 year-olds and rises by 10p to £2.60 for apprentices.



The minimum wage was introduced in 1999 and is set each year by the Low Pay Commission, this year's increase was recommended to government in April.



The chairman of the Low Pay Commission, David Norgrove, said: "The UK economy is forecast to grow, but the pace is uncertain.  We believe our recommendations are appropriate and balance the needs of low-paid workers and the challenges faced by businesses.

 

"The position of young people in the labour market continues to be of concern. Their employment prospects have suffered more than adults. We recommended a lower increase for young people in order to help protect their labour market position."

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Minimum wage hike kicks in

Published:  03 October, 2011

The minimum wage has gone up, with the main rate for over-21s rising by 15p to £6.08 an hour.

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Leader of £1.8m alcohol duty fraud gang jailed

Published:  03 October, 2011

The leader of a gang of six criminals involved in stealing a £1.8 million in excise duty has was jailed last week following a complex investigation by HMRC.

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Sterling strengthens against euro

Published:  03 October, 2011

Sterling strengthened against the euro on Friday, breaking above €1.16/£1.

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Survey: do indies need a suppliers' code of conduct?

Published:  30 September, 2011

Harpers Wine & Spirit has opened a consultation with independent wine merchants to find out if there should be a code of practice for suppliers, and if so, what it should cover.

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Pig in a Poke wine makes QVC appearance

Published:  30 September, 2011

Wine brand Pig in a Poke will be sold on shopping TV channel QVC next week, the first time in 17 years the channel has sold a wine brand.

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Scottish drinks retailers exasperated over new promo rules

Published:  30 September, 2011

Changes to rules governing the promotion of alcohol have exasperated operators in Scotland as licensing boards have failed to offer guidance on what is permitted.

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Le Bon Vin to distribute Sullivans Cove whiskies

Published:  30 September, 2011

Sheffield based wine merchant Le Bon Vin, is to distribute Tasmania Distilleries, Sullivans Cove whiskies in the UK.

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Sterling falls as euro zone rescue fund secured

Published:  30 September, 2011

 

The pound fell by 0.4% against the euro after German parliament voted in favour of approving another euro zone rescue fund.

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Sterling remains steady against dollar

Published:  29 September, 2011

Sterling remained steady against the US dollar yesterday and was slightly down versus the euro.

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Australian Vintage relaunches Tempus Two to UK

Published:  29 September, 2011

Australian Vintage has set up its own independent and on-trade division to distribute its premium Tempus Two range in the UK.

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Regional promo for Chile's Anakena

Published:  29 September, 2011

Chilean producer Anakena is rolling out its annual regional promotion, which kicks off on October 17 and runs for nine weeks.

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Southern Comfort celebrates Halloween

Published:  29 September, 2011

Southern Comfort will be helping the on-trade celebrate Halloween next month with a new promotional campaign.

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Casillero del Diablo announces autumn media strategy

Published:  29 September, 2011

Casillero del Diablo has announced details of its 2011 consumer and trade autumn media strategy.

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What a corker - Riorret The Abbey

Published:  28 September, 2011

De Bortoli's Riorret The Abbey (rrp £22.99), "terrior" backwards represents De Bortoli Wine's desire to make wines that reflect a sense of place.

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Survey: do independent wine retailers need a suppliers' code of practice?

Published:  28 September, 2011

Harpers Wine & Spirit has opened a consultation with independent wine merchants to find out if there should be a code of practice for suppliers, and if so, what it should cover.

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Bibendum appoints new management board

Published:  28 September, 2011

Bibendum Wine has appointed new management board that includes; Fiona Cochran marketing director, Bob Smyllie operations director and Kirstie Papworth supply director.

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Bottle Green to distribute Barton & Guestier

Published:  28 September, 2011

Bottle Green is the new UK distribution partner for French wine label Barton & Guestier.

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Former Brown-Forman boss dies aged 69

Published:  28 September, 2011

Former Brown-Forman chief executive and chairman Owsley Brown II died earlier this week in Kentucky.

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