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Portman celebrates high compliance on 25th anniversary

Published:  26 January, 2021

A new report out today from The Portman Group reveals an all time high in compliance with its Code of Practice for the UK drinks industry.


Hard calls on Brexit

Published:  18 September, 2020

With end of transition fast approaching, concern is growing over lack of clarity on UK-EU trade. Ahead of the WSTA Industry Summit 2020, Andrew Catchpole spoke with Miles Beale about goverment's current plans to impose unnecessary red tape and barriers to business. 


WSTA Summit: ‘Once in a lifetime’ opportunity for excise duty review

Published:  15 September, 2020

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has highlighted the potential of an upcoming government review into excise duty, which could have a major impact on the robustness of the industry to face challenging times.


Portman Group hits back at ‘radical’ report's suggestions, including MUP for England

Published:  14 September, 2020

The Portman Group has hit back at a new report which recommends the introduction of several ‘radical’ new measures for combating alcohol harm in the UK.


Johnson’s anti-obesity drive triggers ‘hidden calorie’ consultation

Published:  27 July, 2020

A consultation is being launched as to whether the ‘hidden calories’ in alcohol should form part of wider communication across both the on- and off-trades in order to tackle soaring obesity rates.


Lords advocate ditching VI-1s in favour of digital wine passport

Published:  27 July, 2020

The introduction of burdensome VI-1 forms to wine entering the UK from the EU has found its way into the House of Lords where members debated scrapping them via an amendment to the Agriculture Bill. 


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.


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


Government hit by fall in wine-duty revenues

Published:  02 December, 2019

Wine duty receipts fell back 2.1% in the first six months of the financial year, according to data released by the government.


Portman Group rebuts claim it advised removal of CMO guidance as RSPH pushes hard hitting labelling

Published:  26 January, 2018

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has released proposals for a hard-hitting new alcohol labelling scheme in the face of what it describes as an “alcohol health awareness vacuum”.


Jascots accredited by Living Wage Foundation

Published:  05 April, 2016

London-based wine supplier to the on-trade, Jascots, is blazing a trail for employers by pledging to pay its employees the living wage.


Guy Woodward: Shifting focus to alcohol's social issues

Published:  05 February, 2016

I spent a few days in Qatar last month. Not a place that I expected to inform this column, but then travel is full of surprises.


Analysis: HMRC's crackdown on alcohol's black market

Published:  17 July, 2015

Tackling duty evasion and illicit activity within the drinks trade was a key message in last week's Budget, but what does it mean for the trade?


Industry welcomes Treasury plans to review business rates

Published:  16 March, 2015

Industry bodies have welcomed the government's ambitious review of business rates, which were laid out today by The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.


Lords committee calls for reform of EU tax laws

Published:  06 March, 2015

A House of Lords committee has called on the EU to reform the structure of alcohol tax so that variable taxes on wine and cider according to alcoholic strength can be introduced.


Retention of Title: Part two

Published:  25 July, 2013

In the second of a series of articles, wine law specialist Andrew Park looks further at the problems that can arise when enforcing Retention of Title (ROT) claims for wine supplied, and how suppliers can maximise their chances of success


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Published:  25 June, 2013

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Retention of Title: Part one

Published:  01 March, 2013

In the first of a series of articles, wine law specialist Andrew Park looks at wine trade-specific problems that arise when enforcing retention of title claims, and how suppliers can maximise their chances of success.


Mayday, Mayday... company in distress

Published:  18 January, 2013

For many, 2012 was a year to forget, with a series of high-profile company failures causing knock-on effects across the trade. But can you spot the warning signs when a potential supplier or customer is in financial difficulty? Specialist corporate lawyer Paul Taylor explains how


Getting to grips with new bribery legislation

Published:  27 April, 2011

"Corporate hospitality is not a bribe, says minister"
This headline recently appeared on this website in response to the announcement concerning guidance which was being offered to industry regarding how they should respond to the new legislation dealing with Bribery and Corruption which will come into force in June 2011.