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Wines from Spain annual tasting to be held late September

Published:  26 March, 2020

Wine from Spain has announced its postponed annual tasting will take place 29 September this year at Sky Garden.  

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WSTA launches weekly coronavirus webinar

Published:  25 March, 2020

The WSTA has announced it is launching a weekly webinar series on coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on the world of wines and spirits. 

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Lawyers urge businesses to “read the fine print” over Job Retention Scheme

Published:  25 March, 2020

Legal advice has been issued to drinks businesses who are now looking to rely on the government’s promise to cover 80% of salaries (up to a limit of £2,500) a month to furloughed members of staff during the current coronavirus (Covid-19) health crisis.

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Harpers 50 Best Indies 2020 – now open for nominations

Published:  25 March, 2020

We are once again launching our annual 50 Best Indies Awards, to recognise the best in the business of indie drinks retailing.

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Majestic shops to stay temporarily closed

Published:  25 March, 2020

Majestic has announced its shops are to remain temporarily closed despite the government having added off-licenses to its list of ‘essential’ businesses.

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Off-licences added to ‘essential’ retail list

Published:  25 March, 2020

The government has added off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries, to its list of ‘essential businesses’. 

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CyT urges ‘big players’ to support Drinks Trust coronavirus campaign

Published:  25 March, 2020

Concha y Toro (CyT) has urged ‘larger’ drinks companies to support The Drinks Trust’s coronavirus (Covid-19) campaign launched last Thursday by the drinks charity. 

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WSTA ‘assumes' duty payments due today (25 March)

Published:  25 March, 2020

The WSTA, which has relentlessly called on the Chancellor to suspend duty payments, last night said it assumed the payments would be due today (25 March) with no formal response from the Treasury to suggest otherwise.

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The Wine Society temporarily closes

Published:  24 March, 2020

The Wine Society has taken the decision to stop taking new orders and also to stop making deliveries with immediate effect. 

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Majestic shuts down shops but continues delivery service

Published:  24 March, 2020

Majestic has temporarily closed its doors to the public following last night’s UK ‘lockdown’ announcement by the Prime Minister. 

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Premium drinking habits in the firing line amid economic shutdown

Published:  24 March, 2020

The ‘less but better’ mantra adopted by the trade over the past decade could be facing an existential threat, an industry expert has warned, as the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic hits the reset button on drinking habits.

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Bacardi launches $3m on-trade support initiative

Published:  24 March, 2020

Bacardi has pledged $3m to support bars and restaurants around the world debilitated by the coronavirus  shutdown.   

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Government clarifies ‘lockdown’ on and off-trade measures

Published:  24 March, 2020

The government has clarified the measures required to be taken by both the on and off-trade following the announcement last night of a three-week nationwide UK ‘lockdown’.

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Government guidance, Covid-19: access to support for businesses

Published:  24 March, 2020

Information for businesses on how to access the Chancellor's various support packages can be found at www.gov.uk

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PM announces three-week nationwide ‘lockdown’

Published:  23 March, 2020

UK PM Boris Johnson has announced a national ‘lockdown’ for an initial three-week period following reluctance from part of the UK public to follow government guidance.

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Government confirms lease forfeiture moratorium for commercial businesses

Published:  23 March, 2020

The government has confirmed that it has extended the residential moratorium on lease forfeiture and debt enforcement to commercial leases.

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Drinks companies join forces to plea for duty suspension

Published:  23 March, 2020

An initial 32 drinks companies (all WSTA members) have joined forces to plea for a cash lifeline, calling collectively on the Chancellor to suspend duty.     

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Hospitality industry reiterates urgency of lease forfeiture moratorium

Published:  23 March, 2020

The hospitality industry has reiterated the urgency of the implementation of a six-month lease forfeiture moratorium for commercial businesses to prevent landlords taking control of premises in the event of non-payment of rents. 

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On-trade continues to explore alternative paths

Published:  23 March, 2020

Following the government’s shut down of all but takeaway services across the UK restaurant, bar and pub sectors, operators are continuing to explore new avenues to generate revenue or simply help their community while the coronavirus (Covid-19) spread advances.

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Daniel Lambert announces closure and calls on other agents to follow suit

Published:  23 March, 2020

Daniel Lambert Wines has become one of the first wine agents to announce it will be closing down due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. 

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