Think Indie, Drink Indie prepares to champion vibrant sector

11 July, 2016

Independent drinks merchants will take centre stage at M Restaurant in the City of London tomorrow when Think Indie, Drink Indie celebrates the UK’s vibrant indie sector.

The event is run by Off Licence News and sister title Harpers Wine & Spirit, which have been dedicated to championing the independent sector since the 19th century.

We are constantly working on new ways to help it thrive and we will be hosting a range of panel discussions and masterclasses tomorrow to help retailers grow their businesses, attract more shoppers and ultimately boost sales and grow the sector. 

A range of marketing experts will be on hand to offer tips on how to grow your reach online and drive footfall to your bricks and mortar store, while leading independents will share their advice on how to thrive.

We will also count down the UK's 50 Best Indies, as voted by members of our nationwide academy. 

The schedule for the day is below:


10.00am: Think Indie Drink Indie Opens
10.00am – 5.00pmThink Indie Drink Indie Tasting
10.30am – 12.15pm: "Building your business” Discussion Forum 
12.30pm – 1.15pm: Interactive Workshop
1.00pm – 2.00pm: Networking Lunch
1.45pm – 2.30pmMasterclass
2.30pm – 4.00pm“Selling your independence” Discussion Forum
4.30pm – 6.30pmUK’s 50 Best Indies Countdown

Think Indie, Drink Indie is open to all independent merchants and promises to be a lively, informative yet relaxed event, designed around independent business needs and interests. 


• Tailored masterclasses
• Informative workshops
• Topical debates
• Focused tastings
• Valuable networking

It’s completely FREE to attend and will be a great opportunity to meet with likeminded colleagues and develop new ideas for your business. The UK’s 50 Best Indies Voted by our 100-strong countrywide judging academy, the UK’s 50 Best Indies awards are designed to recognise independent merchants that have done the most to drive forward quality and innovation in the retail of wines, beers and spirits. Join us for the countdown and celebrate with the best independent merchants in the UK!

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