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WSTA outlines key priorities for post-Brexit trade

Published:  06 May, 2020

Back in proactive lobbying mode, the WSTA outlined its key priorities and government asks on Wednesday as the UK hurtles towards the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. 

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Chris Ellis hands baton to Ian Peart as PRUK commercial director

Published:  20 April, 2020

Ian Peart (above) has been appointed commercial director at Pernod Ricard UK (PRUK), taking over the role from Chris Ellis, who is leaving the business after 16 years.

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Furlough extension welcomed, but WSTA ups call for duty deferment

Published:  20 April, 2020

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) on Friday welcomed government’s extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) to the end of June 2020, but pressed again for an acceleration of relief measures for businesses hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

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Twiddling your furloughed thumbs? Take our 2020 Innovations Survey…

Published:  17 April, 2020

Ahead of Harpers annual Innovations Report we're once again inviting you to single out the most impressive and business-enhancing innovations from across the drinks trade via a quick online survey.

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Innovations Survey: have your say on change before, during and beyond the crisis

Published:  14 April, 2020

Ahead of Harpers annual Innovations Report we're once again inviting you to single out the most impressive and business-enhancing innovations from across the drinks trade via a quick online survey.

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The Drinks Trust Emergency Fund goes live

Published:  06 April, 2020

The Drinks Trust Covid-19 Emergency Fund went live today (6 April) and will remain open until Friday 10 April.

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Covid-19: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Published:  24 March, 2020

Writing an opinion piece about the Covid-19 pandemic and what it might mean for society, or the drinks trade specifically, is surely a fool’s errand. The information changes every few hours. It feels rather like trying to bottle goodwill, or as Adele so beautifully sang, setting fire to the rain.

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Greater urgency and clarity on business and on-trade support needed immediately

Published:  19 March, 2020

As the on-trade shuts down, suppliers and hospitality operators are continuing to press government and banks on the speed with which relief measures are needed by the trade.

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Coronavirus: Supplier responses to the Chancellor’s support measures

Published:  18 March, 2020

As the extraordinary complexity of the current situation fully sinks in, Andrew Catchpole discovers how those supplying the on-trade have reacted to the Chancellor’s support measures for businesses.

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Big changes as The Benevolent becomes The Drinks Trust

Published:  13 March, 2020

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has rebranded as The Drinks Trust, it was announced at its annual fundraising ball at the Natural History Museum in London last night.

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UK drinks tax discriminates against women, finds research

Published:  20 September, 2019

The unequal distribution of duty on wine and beer is biased against women, according to research conducted on behalf of campaign group Wine Drinkers UK.

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Low- and no-alcohol serves can help curb peer-pressure drinking

Published:  22 August, 2019

Licensees have a big role to play in reducing pressure on consumers to drink more than they want to, alcohol education charity Drinkaware has said.

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#benevolentcolours selfie initiative highlights #itcouldbeme campaign

Published:  15 May, 2019

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is encouraging members of the trade to post selfies of themselves dressed in red, white and/or rosé on 21 May, with the hashtag #benevolentcolours to raise awareness of its ‘It could be me' campaign.

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Will robots take my job?

Published:  04 January, 2019

As automated technology gets more affordable and efficient, it will free up businesses to place people at the heart and soul of the drinks trade – if used correctly. Jo Gilbert reports

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No deal Brexit “not acceptable” for drinks trade

Published:  19 September, 2018

Brexit is the “most significant” short-term challenge facing the wine sector, Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) told delegates at its conference yesterday (18 September).

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Brexit delivering negative impact on business for three quarters of independent trade

Published:  30 August, 2018

A Harpers survey on the current effects and possible outcomes of Brexit has revealed that 73% of on and off-trade businesses believe the vote has already had a negative impact on their business.

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Jago calls for trade to better promote its career opportunities

Published:  30 July, 2018

Speaking to Harpers at Berry Bros. & Rudd HQ in St James, the merchant’s chief executive Dan Jago made a passionate case for the wider trade to better promote the benefits of a career in the drinks sector.

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