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Drinks businesses cope well with snow

Published:  02 December, 2010

Drinks businesses across the country are coping well with the snowy weather.


Drinks businesses across the country are coping well with the snowy weather.

Gary Hubbard, director at logistics firm Geodis, said the effect on deliveries was "negligible". He said being able to change the delivery hub meant that drivers could be in closer proximity to their destinations once weather got bad.

He admitted that some "outlying regions" were very difficult to reach given the inclement weather.

"The vast majority of out deliveries are happening on time. Where there are delays, the trick is to talk to customers and keep them informed," he added.

Over the past few 15cm of snow fell in some places, causing chaos for businesses and commuters. Severe snow warnings have been issued for parts of Scotland as well as north-east and east England.

The manager of Quaff's Ditchling Road store in Brighton, which is located on a steep hill, said it had not really been affected by the snow. It has 37 different suppliers for its stock of over 600 wines. "Since we're a smaller shop, we don't need a whole lorry-load of deliveries, which makes it easier. It's not as bad as it is for some businesses if you miss a couple of days of deliveries."

Nick Griffin, managing director of Pleisure Pub Company, which operates nine pubs, said the last two days at his Brighton sites were "excellent". "I expect today to be excellent too as the universities were shut", he said.

Yesterday the pub group began a Christmas offer on Maker's Mark, and Griffin said one site sold three bottles of the bourbon in one day.

"It's still a bit of a novelty factor for some people, what with tomorrow being Friday and payday for many, I expect it will still be busy. If the weather persists into Monday though, I expect it to get a lot quieter," said Griffin.