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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Berry Bros & Rudd. chairman to step down

Published:  19 June, 2017

The long-running chairman of London-based wine and spirit merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd is due to step down from the role.

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CIVB invites trade to Dine with Bordeaux

Published:  17 March, 2017

The Bordeaux Wine Board (CIVB) is re-launching two promotional campaigns aimed at promoting the 'versatility' of Bordeaux.

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Sign up for SITT - the event for indie merchants and specialist importers

Published:  23 February, 2017

The countdown is on to register for the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) - launching for the first time as part of Harpers' own events umbrella next week.  

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Oxford Wine Company to open new premises in its hometown

Published:  22 February, 2017

The Oxford Wine Company is poised to open a retail shop in the centre of Oxford as part of a new strategy to focus on its home area.

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Marginal returns: How to manage those post-Brexit increases

Published:  17 February, 2017

According to some leading UK independent wine merchants, the cost of wine to their businesses has increased by anything from 10% to 16% since June's European referendum vote, depending on supplier.

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Stand up, then SITT

Published:  15 February, 2017

SITT, the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting, which aims to give a platform to independent merchants and specialist importers is returning to the UK next month - this year as part of Harpers' own event portfolio. 

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Indies: Calm before the storm?

Published:  07 February, 2017

Christmas appears to have arrived on time and with good cheer for many independent merchants, with an early survey of businesses suggesting that sales were generally comfortably up on last year's festive period. 

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Wines of Germany returns to LWF 2017 as fair continues its evolution

Published:  06 February, 2017

London's biggest wine tasting event is welcoming another old face when it returns in May.

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Desoutter & James coming to SITT

Published:  06 February, 2017

Spanish specialists Desoutter & James are debuting at Harpers' SITT event later this month.

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Virtues of independence

Published:  22 December, 2016

The independent sector continues to carve its own footprint, increasingly punching above its weight

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