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Indies: Tricky customers

Published:  05 June, 2024

In the second of our spring indie surveys, Andrew Catchpole invited feedback on service and the foibles of the punter.

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Yapp hops county for new home

Published:  31 May, 2024

Yapp Brothers is to leave it’s Wiltshire HQ this month for new premises in Somerset, marking a milestone in the company’s 55-year history,

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WSTA seeks independent retailers’ views on ending wine duty easement

Published:  29 May, 2024

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling on independent retailers to participate in a brief survey regarding the scheduled end of the temporary wine duty easement next February. This measure, introduced in August 2023 as part of the government's alcohol duty review, allows wines with an alcohol content between 11.5% and 14.5% abv to be taxed at a standardised rate of 12.5% abv. Once the easement ends, wines will be taxed based on their actual alcoholic strength.

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Inside Berry Bros. & Rudd's new Spirits Shop

Published:  28 March, 2024

After over one hundred years of being a wine-front merchant, a spirits fascia bearing the name Berry Bros. & Rudd (BBR) is days away from opening to the public on the hallowed pavements of St James’.

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A Wapping good retailer

Published:  04 March, 2024

Andrew Catchpole drops in on ‘H’ at east London’s very individual Wapping Wines.

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French champions recognised for UK service

Published:  07 February, 2024

Daniel Lambert Wines, Waitrose and The Wine Society were among some of the big winners at The French Champion Awards organised and hosted by Business France.

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50 Best Indies 2024: The full rundown

Published:  15 January, 2024

Meet our 50 Best Indies 2024, celebrating the most dynamic and quality focused merchants in this ever-vibrant sector

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50 Best Indies 2024 ranking: Top 10 revealed

Published:  12 January, 2024

Today we conclude the rollout of our 50 Best Indies 2024 results with a recording of the live unveiling of our Top 10 indie merchants, who joined us at Wild by Tart in London, unveiling the best in the business in the UK.

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Indies: The rise of Chanctonbury Wines

Published:  12 January, 2024

To round off 2023, Andrew Catchpole heads to new indie Chanctonbury Wines, where young gun Rob Maynard has swapped restaurant life for shop retail.

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50 Best Indies 2024 ranking: 20-11 revealed

Published:  11 January, 2024

This week we continue the rollout of our 50 Best Indies 2024 results, celebrating the top merchants from across this dynamic and ever-engaging sector

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50 Best Indies 2024 ranking: 30-21 revealed

Published:  10 January, 2024

This week we continue the rollout of our 50 Best Indies 2024 results, celebrating the top merchants from across this dynamic and ever-engaging sector.

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50 Best Indies 2024 ranking: 40-31 revealed

Published:  09 January, 2024

This week marks the launch of our 50 Best Indies 2024 results, celebrating the top merchants from across this dynamic and ever-engaging sector.

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Spirits specialist joins Berry Bros. & Rudd

Published:  09 January, 2024

Berry Bros. & Rudd has appointed a spirits curator to oversee its growing portfolio, which now includes a soon to be opened new spirits shop.

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50 Best Indies 2024 ranking: 50-41 revealed

Published:  08 January, 2024

This week marks the launch of our 50 Best Indies 2024 results, celebrating the top merchants from across this dynamic and ever-engaging sector.

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Indies: Realigning strategies

Published:  10 November, 2023

Despite the challenges facing independents, businesses are optimistic that new buying strategies will please consumers. By James Lawrence.

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Homecoming for The Good Wine Shop’s fifth opening

Published:  02 November, 2023

The Good Wine Shop has expanded to a fifth site, taking over a former Oddbins site in St Margarets, Twickenham.

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Independents: Paying the duty bill

Published:  15 September, 2023

Jo Gilbert reports on the results of Harpers’ latest survey, where we asked independent retailers to let us know which cost pressures are affecting them most – with inflation and duty unsurprisingly leading the charge.

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Harpers indies survey reveals widespread price rises

Published:  30 August, 2023

Harpers’ latest survey canvassed the UK’s independent retailers to ask which cost pressures are affecting them most and to what extent. Now, the results are in – and we can the report that price rises have become a necessary evil for the majority of businesses.

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Indies Survey: What’s the deal with duty?

Published:  17 August, 2023

Harpers wants to hear from indie retailers as to how the 1 August duty rises – and associated costs – are impacting business.

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Independents: Cutting it fine

Published:  14 August, 2023

From ‘classics’ to new contenders, Chris Losh sizes the trends at the high end.

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