Where do you expect the most growth to come from this year?

18 February, 2011

?“We’ve just launched our new website and it’s starting to grow slowly but surely. There have been a few more sales in mainland UK?we wouldn’t have had before.”?Annemarie McGurty?Nick’s Wines?Belfast??“We’ve been stocking five or six local ciders on draught for a year, and it’s going really well. We’ve got ciders like Thatchers, Black Rat and Kingston Broadoak. ”?Joanne Denison?MT Bottles? Weston-super-Mare, Avon??“Last year our business saw a downturn, mainly in wines – people turned to beers and spirits. I’m hoping people will return to wines. My sales have been starting to show some growth, but only just. I’ve been doing advertising and running various promotions, but it’s all hit and miss at the moment.”?Michael Komorowski?Alwoodley Wines?Leeds??“Beer is always going to be the one I can depend on – even though we are a wine merchant. I can order it and know it will sell by the end of the week.”

Chris Cummins?Dylans Wine Merchants

Sketty, Swansea??“We’ve introduced food – we’ve joined Premier Express and become a convenience-type store. We are hoping the support of the symbol group will help us grow rather than standing still. It has merchandised everything and said we should see 15-20% growth, so hopefully we will.”?Janet Hancock?Rob & Jan’s Off-licence?Boston, Lincolnshire

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