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Chancellor matches staff wage subsidies for self-employed

Published:  26 March, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the government will cover the wages of self-employed workers up to £2,500 a month – matching what was offered to staff employees last week.

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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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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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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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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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PM urges public to avoid pubs, clubs and social venues

Published:  16 March, 2020

Socialising in groups and travelling for non-essential reasons is no officially a no-no the government has said as it introduces stricter measures for dealing with the spread of coronavirus (Covid–19).

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WSTA in pan UK-EU talks to ensure GIs protected post Brexit

Published:  13 March, 2020

By January 2021, when Brexit comes into force, WSTA, the UK’s drinks lobby group, will no longer be a member of the pan-European wine trade body, CEEV. But ahead of further UK-EU trade talks, the two bodies are uniting once more to lobby for the continued smooth trade of wine across the English Channel.

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Pernod Ricard invests in Italy’s Italicus

Published:  12 March, 2020

Pernod Ricard has expanded its ‘super’ premium spirits portfolio with an undisclosed investment in bergamot-infused Italian aperitivo Italicus.

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Budget: Chancellor announces freeze on all alcohol duty

Published:  11 March, 2020

Duty on wines, spirits and beers is to be frozen, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in today’s budget, allaying trade fears of another rise in line with inflation.

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Brexit red tape to hit premium trade

Published:  09 March, 2020

Government’s post-Brexit default adoption of EU regulations will pile further costs on indies, specialist importers and on-trade. Andrew Catchpole unravels the flaws in its proposed trading position

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Vinexpo Hong Kong postponed while LWF still on

Published:  02 March, 2020

Vinexpo Hong Kong is to be rescheduled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It will now run from 8 to 10 July this year, instead of 26 to 28 May.

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Prowein postponed

Published:  29 February, 2020

Following growing speculation it has been announced that Prowein 2020 will be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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Govt immigration plans to disrupt hospitality sector

Published:  24 February, 2020

The hospitality sector fears damage from the government’s new point-based immigration plan, a new survey has revealed.

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Campari moves registered office to the Netherlands

Published:  19 February, 2020

Campari has unveiled plans to move its registered office from Italy to the Netherlands as part of a shareholder shakeup geared towards M&A opportunities.

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EU producers must support UK to deliver best Brexit outcome

Published:  14 February, 2020

European wine producers should join their UK counterparts in lobbying their own MPs and the EU to deliver the most favourable post-Brexit trading environment.

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Cult Wines taps Buchmuller for lead buying role

Published:  11 February, 2020

Fine wine investment business Cult Wines has hired Hubert Buchmuller from AXA Millésimes to head up its purchasing team. 

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Brexit boost for Boris from UK consumer businesses

Published:  11 February, 2020

Consumer businesses are overwhelmingly confident that the government will negotiate a good Brexit deal, according to a new survey from financial services consultancy RSM.

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Wine Lister joins forces with French media giant

Published:  04 February, 2020

UK-based fine wine agency and analytics platform, Wine Lister, has been acquired by French media outfit, Groupe Figaro.

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TWE slashes growth predictions as US business stalls

Published:  29 January, 2020

Treasure Wine Estates (TWE) has cut its predictions of growth for 2020 from between 15% and 20% to between 5% and 10% after its first half-year figures were released yesterday.

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BIVB becomes WSET patron

Published:  09 January, 2020

Educator to the wine industry, The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), has new backing in the form of Burgundy’s official wine board.

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