Last week's Benevolent banquet at London's Dorchester Hotel raised around £60,000 for the trade charity.

21 March, 2008

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alone raised £21,000, according to chief executive Cheng Loo. The golf putting competition raised a further £450. She added: "It was a fantastic evening - the feedback was brilliant. Everyone I spoke to thinks it was the best ever, which is great."

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Reasons to be cheerful

I would like to think my outlook on things is generally optimistic. Perhaps that’s a natural consequence of working with something designed to give pleasure. But recently it has become increasingly difficult to ignore a creeping sense of negativity pervading the British wine trade.

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