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Charles Taylor Wines to hold first northern portfolio tasting

Published:  19 September, 2012

Charles Taylor Wines is to hold its first stand-alone portfolio tasting in the north of England, in a bid to capitalise on the region's "unrealised potential ".

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Wines of Sicily Tasting

Published:  07 September, 2012

Sicilian wines are a great match with the independent sector, but if you don't know your Nero d'Avola from your Nerello Mascalese then head to the Wines of Sicily tasting to find out more.

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Indie research: local shopkeepers are Britain's hardest workers

Published:  07 September, 2012

Sixty per cent of independent shopkeepers work more than 50 hours in an average week, while just 7% work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to new findings from the Association of Convenience Stores.

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The Big Question - indies speak out

Published:  07 September, 2012

In the first of our new series the Big Question we give independent wine merchants the chance to speak out about topics that matter to them and their business.

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Additions to SITT Autumn

Published:  06 September, 2012

Independent on and off-trade buyers on the lookout for wines seeking UK distribution or something new to revive their ranges should head to SITT Autumn on September 24.

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Indies should band together and stand out

Published:  02 August, 2012

Independent wine merchants are being urged to raise their profile with consumers and differentiate themselves from the price promotion tactics of the major multiples.

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New health and safety guide for small businesses

Published:  02 August, 2012

A bid to force small businesses to pay for their own health and safety inspections is being criticised by the Forum of Private Business, which has published a Health and Safety Guide to help negotiate the minefield of regulations.

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Comment: Kathryn Glass champions indie merchants

Published:  02 August, 2012

Consumers, bamboozled with an endless succession of promotions and a lack of real knowledge, can find it difficult to judge value and quality.

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Could you be the Rioja Retailer of the Year?

Published:  02 August, 2012

There's still time for independent merchants to enter the Wines from Rioja Retailer of the Year Competition.

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New faces at SITT Autumn

Published:  02 August, 2012

A host of boutique importers, agencies and wineries dedicated to serving the independent sector have signed up to SITT Autumn.

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Supplier who have signed up to Best Practice Guidelines for independent merchants

Published:  20 July, 2012

More suppliers are signing up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines designed to make trading arrangements with independent wine merchants as open and transparent as posible.

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Indie blog: Mike Matthews on uniformity among suppliers

Published:  12 July, 2012

Independent wine retailers, like all other businesses, need to keep a close eye on the paperwork. A missed invoice here and a final demand there won't keep you trading for long. In short, lousy admin makes for a terrible, money-draining business. What happens though when the admin has been taken out of your hands by other parties?

Indies object to Majestic tactics

Published:  11 July, 2012

Independent wine merchants are becoming increasingly agitated by what they see as Majestic's "disgraceful" promotional tactics to take more of their market share.

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SITT and Boutique Wineries link up

Published:  10 July, 2012

A collaboration of specialist importers, agencies and boutique wineries dedicated to supplying the independent sector will be showing off their wares on September 24 in London.

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  10 July, 2012

Could Stevens Garnier be your perfect match? In the hotseat is managing director Matt Douglas to answer a quick-fire round of questions and answers.

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Wish you weren't here? Sickness and annual leave

Published:  09 July, 2012

A European Court of Justice case has concluded that an employee who is unwell during their annual leave can require their employer to reschedule their annual leave to a later date.

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De Bortoli is latest big name to join Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independents

Published:  03 July, 2012

De Bortoli Wines is the latest major supplier to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independent wine merchants designed to bring greater channel transparency to the wine industry's fastest growing retail sector.

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De Bortoli is latest big name to join Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independents

Published:  03 July, 2012

De Bortoli Wines is the latest major supplier to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independent wine merchants designed to bring greater channel transparency to the wine industry's fastest growing retail sector.

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The Definitive Italian Wine Tasting

Published:  30 May, 2012

The next big event in the calendar is the Definitive Italian Wine Tasting, where the number of exhibitors is slightly down or "streamlined" in the words of the organisers.

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What's in store for the trade this summer?

Published:  30 May, 2012

Is the Olympic Games going to be a bonanza or a headache for the drinks industry?

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