Another name has been added to the shortlist of bidders for Unwins Wine Group, according to press reports. Trade publication Off Licence News said late last week that Terra Firma Capital Partners, the investment firm headed by Guy Hands, is in contention to bid for the off-licence chain.

Terra Firma's Thresher Group is up against Wine Cellar, Raj Chatha, the drinks wholesale entrepreneur, and Lancelot, a consortium led by two former T&S Stores directors, to gain control of the chain controlled by the Wetz family, the trade publication claimed.

The UK wine and spirits retailer announced in May that its board was considering a sale of the business. The closing date for applications was the end of last month.