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Profile: Friarwood's new groove

Published:  05 March, 2018

Now in its 51st year, boutique London merchant Friarwood is being given a new lease of life under its young leadership team. Jo Gilbert reports


Independents: The art of being a specialist

Published:  16 October, 2017

Having a speciality can be a boon for a merchant. Andrew Catchpole invites a few to share the pros and cons of sourcing, selling and communicating such an offer


Friarwood poised to open second store

Published:  25 September, 2017

Friarwood is to open its second store early next month in Wimbledon Village, marking the first step in its expansion plans.


Independent profile: The Good Wine Shop

Published:  19 September, 2017

Andrew Catchpole drops in on The Good Wine Shop where a hybrid-focused refurb is the latest innovation primed to seduce wine drinkers from the south-west London ‘burbs


West Country turns out for SITT Bristol

Published:  19 September, 2017

Yesterday saw the highly popular SITT show return to Bristol, with a high turnover of visitors and strongly positive response from the wine and spirits industry of the West Country.


The Good Wine Shop embraces hybrid model

Published:  31 August, 2017

West London merchant The Good Wine Shop has become the latest independent to roll out an on-premise food and wine element to its business with the launch of platters and by-the-glass wines at its Kew shop.


The psychology of selling

Published:  12 July, 2017

Think Indie, Drink Indie’s opening discussion explored ways in which merchants can best use merchandising, marketing and experiential events to maximise sales potential.


Venue and re-vamp announced for SITT Autumn

Published:  30 June, 2017

We can now reveal the first details of SITT Autumn, the event which pairs up independent buyers with leading specialist importers from across the wine-producing world.


Think Indie, Drink Indie returns for a second year

Published:  29 June, 2017

A truly collaborative day was had by all at the second edition of Harpers’ Think Indie, Drink Indie event, which celebrates the UK’s thriving independent sector and also puts the needs of its business community at the centre of a daylong series of events.


Introducing the UK’s 50 Best Indies

Published:  28 June, 2017

Welcome to the second outing of our 50 Best Indies Awards, once again recognising those independent merchants that have done the most to drive forward quality and innovation, while engaging their customers and providing a benchmark for the trade.


Q&A: Phil Innes, owner, Loki Wine

Published:  08 June, 2017

With two new openings planned this year (God of Mischief willing), Loki’s Phil Innes talks to Andrew Catchpole about business and why the indie scene is on a roll.


Innis & Gunn reveal rapid expansion plans

Published:  15 May, 2017

Independent Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has announced a roster of new appointments as it plans to expand its reach into the rest of the UK and to new international markets.


New commercial director at William Grant & Sons UK

Published:  04 May, 2017

Independent family distillers, William Grant & Sons UK has today announced that Neil Barker has been appointed to the role of commercial director for the UK.