WORKS MUST PAY
Local authority guidance on compensating small businesses affected by roadworks has effectively become irrelevant and must be updated, according to an MP backing C-Store’s Works Must Pay campaign.
A West Sussex c-store is losing about £1,000 a week in sales due to highways work restricting access to her shop, with no chance of compensation if the scheme completes on time.
A Londis retailer in Essex is seeking compensation from the National Grid over major gas works which he estimates will cost him nearly £15,000 in lost sales and has forced him to invest in marketing material to stem the decline in footfall.
C-Store’s Works Must Pay campaign - which calls for compensation for small businesses affected by roadworks - gained further momentum this week after MPs pledged to raise the issue in Parliament.
Councils in England and Wales are demanding tough new powers to curb roadwork disruption on small businesses.
An MP has submitted an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for ‘Roadworks justice for local businesses’ in response to C-Store’s Works Must Pay campaign.
A retailer affected by roadworks near her store has gained the backing of her MP - who is also a government minister - in response to C-Store’s Works Must Pay campaign.
As Convenience Store steps up its roadworks compensation campaign, central and local government have remained hazy as to who can offer help to businesses losing out on trade.
Convenience Store is launching a campaign calling for compensation to businesses which lose out on trade due to the impact of nearby roadworks.
C-Store and sister title The Morning Advertiser have made a big step forward in the joint campaign to ensure that retailers are adequately compensated for losses due to roadworks.
USE LESS, PAY LESS
Improvements to LED lighting mean previous arguments against the technology have been shattered. Here’s why they need a second glance.
Winning a free energy audit courtesy of C-Store and Npower means Peter Barrack can shave more than £2,500 off annual energy bills at his store.
British Gas has been forced to stop making its online energy management tool available to new small business customers
Energy regulator Ofgem has pledged to support small businesses and ensure suppliers treat them more fairly.
As the need to keep a lid on overheads grows, retailers have been turning to energy-efficient technologies. Here’s the latest ideas.
Energy expert Brian O’Hagan offers some top tips on how to make sure you’re switched on when it comes to dealing with energy brokers.
Fixing your energy prices can feel like a bit of a gamble, but as energy costs continue to mount, it’s one which should pay off.
Hot weather can play havoc with your chillers and send energy bills soaring. Here are a few pointers to make sure your equipment keeps its cool
A growing number of retailers are investing in a new way to save money on their energy bills and extend the life of their electrical goods. Gaelle Walker finds out more about the potential of voltage optimisation.
An energy audit of Walter Bush’s store identified potential savings of 25%. Npower is offering six other readers a free energy audit.
FIGHT YOUR CORNER
Three years ago Andover was one of the UK’s top Tesco towns, with few independent c-stores still in the game. But after making some shrewed moves, the indies face a brighter future…
No business can afford to live in a bubble. Keeping an eye on the competition means getting up close and personal with rivals and employing the sleuthing skills of staff and customers.
A number of c-stores have taken on the multiples when they moved in on their patch. But have they sustained the fight? Robin Mannering reports.
Dilip Shah’s Harrow c-store was holding its own against a Tesco Express across the road, but then disaster struck. Now he’s picking up the pieces.
A council’s recent planning decision calls into question the government’s stated desire to protect town centres. Robin Mannering reports.
Mark Buttress took on the might of Tesco and won in front of a government inspector. Robin Mannering charts the two-year journey to victory.
Tesco must be used to local opposition to its ambitions by now, but even it must have been shocked by the resistance it met from traders and residents in Sherborne. Robin Mannering reports.
An out-of-town supermarket application near Soham is a test case for new planning rules. Robin Mannering looks at its implications for the future.
Getting involved in your local community is now an essential way to stand your ground, and customers expect it of you. Robin Mannering reports
Julian Holliss tells Gaelle Walker how he turned trading in the shadow of two multiples into an opportunity to restructure his business and grow footfall
A retailer is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in an attempted robbery at his store.
A South East business crime reduction partnership has reported remarkable results in fighting crime and recovering stolen stock.
Retailers have been warned to be vigilant against staff theft following a rise in the number of reported incidents over the past 12 months.
The cost of retail crime in the UK has increased by 15.6% over the past 12 months.
A man has been charged with the murder of Paisley retailer Javaid Ali.
Police cutbacks and rising crime mean it’s vital retailers provide clear evidence of crimes they report. Here’s how to present a watertight case.
Tackling crime is a vital part of a retailer’s job. In his own words, Adam Hogwood of Morrison’s Budgens of Broadstairs in Kent describes the work he’s done to make his store a safer place.
You may be there for your community day and night, but this accesibility can make you vulnerable to those who see an open store as an open target.
A new Crime Bill may change the way the police enforce the law, but that doesn’t mean retailers should stop communicating with their local force.
It may feel like a pointless exercise at times, but failing to report crime will only make it worse.