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Meet the buyers: Majestic

Published:  07 August, 2017

As Cat Lomax takes up the head buyer role at Majestic, James Lawrence takes an in-depth look at the drinks-buying team


Q&A: Marty Grant, co-owner, Corkage, Bath

Published:  26 July, 2017

Corkage is a tiny restaurant and wine shop, tucked away in Bath and best known for its eclectic wine offer, but no wine list. Charismatic co-owner Marty Grant talks to Angela Mount about his passion for selling wine in a completely unique way


Red Squirrel goes up against larger rivals with £12 in-house blend

Published:  26 July, 2017

Niche wine importer Red Squirrel has released a new range of £12 in-house blended wines through which they hope to compete with the grey squirrels of the wine world.


Deliveroo-tionary: The partnerships changing the delivery game

Published:  26 July, 2017

Jo Gilbert argues that local link-ups such as Deliveroo’s new alcohol partnerships could change the delivery game


Friarwood adds new Italian producers

Published:  19 July, 2017

Fine wine merchant Friarwood is bolstering its portfolio of Italian wines with two new additions. 


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


The psychology of selling

Published:  12 July, 2017

Think Indie, Drink Indie’s opening discussion explored ways in which merchants can best use merchandising, marketing and experiential events to maximise sales potential.


Vindependents flying high

Published:  05 July, 2017

Two years after its inception, indie merchants buying group Vindependents is thriving. Lisa Riley catches up with managing director Jessica Hutchinson


Jeroboams adds boutique Chilean winery

Published:  04 July, 2017

Jeroboams is making a foray into Chile with the new addition of a family-owned winery in the Almahue Valley.


Venue and re-vamp announced for SITT Autumn

Published:  30 June, 2017

We can now reveal the first details of SITT Autumn, the event which pairs up independent buyers with leading specialist importers from across the wine-producing world.


Think Indie, Drink Indie returns for a second year

Published:  29 June, 2017

A truly collaborative day was had by all at the second edition of Harpers’ Think Indie, Drink Indie event, which celebrates the UK’s thriving independent sector and also puts the needs of its business community at the centre of a daylong series of events.


Introducing the UK’s 50 Best Indies

Published:  28 June, 2017

Welcome to the second outing of our 50 Best Indies Awards, once again recognising those independent merchants that have done the most to drive forward quality and innovation, while engaging their customers and providing a benchmark for the trade.


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.


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.


Insights: Is it the end of the traditional wine shops?

Published:  13 January, 2016

As the competition hots up in independent retail with the introduction of more and more hybrid venues, could this spell the end for the traditional wine shop? Nigel Huddleston investigates 


Shop Rioja

Published:  02 March, 2017

he month of October is quickly becoming synonymous with Shop Rioja - Wines from Rioja's month-long promotion which brings the full diversity and dynamism of Spain's foremost wine region to the UK's independent retailers.


Best of British: we celebrate Top Merchants around the country

Published:  10 March, 2015

In part two of our Best of British feature, Harpers takes a look at three more independent wine merchants to keep your eyes on.


Chiefs of the Week: the UK's independent wine merchants

Published:  06 March, 2015

For over the last month Harpers has been celebrating and putting the spotlight on the work independent wine merchants do and the growing importance they have on the drinks industry as part of our March for the Independents campaign.


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.


March for Independents: Action Week 4 offers data and insights to help drive profits

Published:  23 February, 2015

As we enter the final Action Week of the March for the Independents campaign we turn the spotlight on the market trends, insights and data that will help independent wine merchants ensure they have the rights wines and spirits on shelf at the right price.