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Wine and spirits companies urged to tweet out their support for a Drop in Duty

Published:  20 February, 2015

Today Harpers is repeating its call to all wine and spirits producers around the globe that are frustrated by the high alcohol duty levels in the UK to put their name and voice behind the industry's Drop the Duty campaign and raise the issue with the Chancellor, George Osborne.

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March for Independents: new online and EU labelling regulations for merchants

Published:  18 February, 2015

There is a whole raft of legislation that retailers need to be on top to make sure they are on top what are termed as "distance sales", wine lawyer Andrew Park advises.   

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March for Independents: keep on top of waste packaging and avoid big fines

Published:  17 February, 2015

Today as part of the March for the Independents campaign we turn the spotlight on waste packaging. Not the most glamorous of topics but if you are an independent wine merchant, importing or distributing wine then you need to make sure you are compliant with your recycling oblilgations or risk potentially crippling fines.

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Tim Atkin takes the Vinopolis stage for Skin Côntact Comic Relief gig

Published:  16 February, 2015

Anyone in the wine trade who has been on the receiving end of a review by wine critic and journalist Tim Atkin MW - good or bad - will get the chance to give him a critique back when he bravely takes the stage as one of the guest singers for the ever growing Skin Côntact band when it plays its one off gig on March 9 to raise money for Comic Relief.

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March for Independents campaign keeps merchants on right side of the law

Published:  16 February, 2015

Today Harpers starts its third Action Week initiative as part of its March for the Independents campaign with a focus on helping merchants keep on top of the latest changes in business, employment and drinks legislation.

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March for Independents campaign keeps merchants on right side of the law

Published:  16 February, 2015

Today Harpers starts its third Action Week initiative as part of its March for the Independents campaign with a focus on helping merchants keep on top of the latest changes in business, employment and drinks legislation.

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Jerry Lockspeiser on why crowdfunding is such an exciting opportunity for business

Published:  13 February, 2015

Why is crowdfunding so inherently exciting? The heady emotional mix of allure, participation, open access, opportunity, creativity and success is hard to resist.

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Joe Wadsack shares his musical likes as Skin Contact's Comic Relief gig is selling fast

Published:  13 February, 2015

We've met the band, the backing singers and plugged the concert enough to surely convince you to buy a ticket for wine band Skin Côntact's one-off concert on March 9 at London's Vinopolis to raise money for Comic Relief.

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Calling on wine and spirits producers around the world to back Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  13 February, 2015

Today Harpers is calling on wine and spirits producers around the world concerned about the high alcohol duty levels in the UK to get involved in the Drop the Duty campaign and have their voice heard by the Chancellor, George Osborne.

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Bibendum PLB says data insights vital to trading with multiples

Published:  11 February, 2015

Bibendum PLB says its "bird's eye view' of the UK market marks it out as a unique player in offering consumer behaviour data to customers in this increasingly tough multiple retailer environment.

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BrewDog continues expansion with opening of first Spanish bar

Published:  11 February, 2015

Scotland's largest independent brewery BrewDog is continuing with its expansion plans with the opening of its 26th bar and its first in Spain with its new Barcelona outpost.

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Matt James formerly of Gene and now Skin Côntact reveals his musical likes and dislikes

Published:  11 February, 2015

It's time to bang the drum, literally, for the last member of the Skin Côntact rock band that promises to give us the night of the year when it takes to the stage on March 9 at London's Vinopolis to raise money for Comic Relief.

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MPs back Drop the Duty campaign by taking trade's duty call to the Chancellor

Published:  11 February, 2015

MPs across the country are starting to respond to independent wine merchants and members of the wider wine and spirits industry who have contacted them through the Drop the Duty campaign calling on them to lobby the Chancellor for a 2% duty cut in the March Budget.

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Red Squirrel Wines behind new trade initiative to promote Bulgarian wines

Published:  10 February, 2015

Independent wine merchant, Red Squirrel Wines, is behind a new initiative to put the spotlight on wines from Bulgaria with four days of events in March including a trade tasting at the Bulgarian Embassy on March 18.

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Cambridge Wine's Hal Wilson urges independents to lobby their MP for duty cut

Published:  10 February, 2015

Following yesterday's call by Harpers to independent wine merchants to play their part in the industry wide campaign to convince the Chancellor to issue a duty cut on wine and spirits in his March Budget, leading independent Hal Wilson of Cambridge Wine Merchants today explains why he has personally lobbied his local MP, the Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert, and urges other merchants to do the same.

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Q&A: Agustin Trapero, sommelier, Almeida

Published:  09 February, 2015

Fiona Griffiths talks to Agustin Trapero, sommelier at Almeida in Islington, about swapping the restaurant's printed wine list for a 'wine wall' and tasting table

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Action Week 2: Call to indies to lobby local MP and media for a Drop in Duty

Published:  09 February, 2015

Harpers is today calling on independent wine merchants across the UK to lobby both their MP and local media to back the Drop the Duty campaign and help raise the profile of their business on this key business issue.

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Q&A: Andy and Claire Kitching, Friends of Ham

Published:  06 February, 2015

How do a construction manager and a City headhunter end up running a bar that has been voted the best place to drink in Britain? Nigel Huddleston meets Andy Kitching, half of the team behind Leeds' award-winning Friends of Ham

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Profile: Frescobaldi - stepping into the unknown

Published:  06 February, 2015

Italy's Frescobaldi family may be world famous for its wines, but can it succeed in the highly competitive restaurant world? Douglas Blyde goes behind the scenes at its first standalone restaurant off London's Regent Street

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Profile: Bottle Apostle

Published:  06 February, 2015

Bottle Apostle is one of the new breed of independent wine merchants hitting well-heeled high streets across the country. Both cool and quirky, it has its sights set on young and affluent customers, as Helen Arnold discovers

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