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Chiefs of the Week: the UK's independent wine merchants

Published:  06 March, 2015

For over the last month Harpers has been celebrating and putting the spotlight on the work independent wine merchants do and the growing importance they have on the drinks industry as part of our March for the Independents campaign.

Following our conference this week in London which brought independents from right across the country together to share their experiences, network and hear from a high level line up of expert speakers, it further demonstrated the dedication and professionalism right across the independent sector.

The Guardian's wine critic, Fiona Beckett, was in attendance and summed up the mood perfectly when she tweeted:

"Good to see indies spending a day learning from each other @HarpersWine summit. We should all be doing our bit to support them #March4Indies".

So today let's all pay our respects to the independent wine merchants operating in your part of the country. If you are buying wine for the weekend then make sure you support your local independent and buy it from them.

A big thanks to all the independent wine merchants who made the effort to travel from all parts of the country to come to this week's March for the Independents conference and also to all the merchants that have taken part in the campaign over the last month.

You can still get involved in all our Action Weeks in the special March for the Independents section of the Campaigns area.

All in all a big thanks and lots of respect to the UK's independent wine merchants.

Harpers Wine & Spirits' Chiefs of the Week.