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Welsh government announces £10m rate relief package

The scheme will support high street businesses that will see a rate rise in April

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Best-one ranked third best c-store brand in Which? survey

17 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Iceland have come out on top in a Which? Supermarket consumer satisfaction survey, while Best One performed strongly in the convenience category. 


Bestway Wholesale signs up to alcohol registration scheme

17 Feb 2017

Bestway Wholesale has pledged its support in tackling the illegal trade in alcohol by signing up to the government’s Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme.

Eating out is now the fifth highest weekly UK family expenditure says the ONS

UK family spend on eating out reaches five-year high

16 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

Families are spending more on eating out than at any time in the past five years (£45.10 per week), while weekly spending on alcohol and tobacco has fallen to below £12 for the first time, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

As many as one in three convenience stores are expected to face rate increases this April

Business rates income predicted to reach £23.8bn by 2018

16 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

Business rates income is forecast to rise from £22.4bn in 2015-16 to £23.8bn by 2018, according to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Award-winning Hull c-store celebrates 40th anniversary

16 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Wharfedale Premier Convenience in Hull marked its 40th birthday this week with themed in-store celebrations.

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SGF calls for new approach to tackle Scottish "crime wave"

16 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) is exploring a new legislative approach to tackling violent crime against shop staff after it reported that a quarter of convenience stores regularly experience physical and verbal abuse

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Sheffield councillors reject Sainsbury's Local application

15 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Campaigners in Crosspool, Sheffield, have seen off a proposed Sainsbury’s Local on the site of a pub designated an “asset of community value”

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Free-from has further potential in convenience, says report

15 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Opportunities abound for c-stores in the free-from market, Euromonitor International has claimed in its latest analysis of the category.


ACS calls for business rates reform in Budget submission

14 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the Chancellor to make the business rates system fairer for retailers, in its submission to the Treasury ahead of the Budget 2017.

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Inflation rises to 1.8% as consumers feel the pinch

14 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Inflation rose by 1.8% in January to its highest rate since June 2014, while 74% of consumers noticed a rise in prices, latest figures reveal.


Tesco trials autism 'quiet hour' in Crawley Extra store

14 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Tesco is trialling a quiet hour at its Extra store in Crawley to accommodate the shopping needs of people with autism.


Owner of 34 Budgens stores enters administration

13 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Thirty-four Budgens stores face an uncertain future after the company that acquired them from the Co-operative last year went into administration on Friday (10 February).


Administrators of collapsed Spar chain poised to sell more sites

13 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

The joint administrators of award-winning Spar chain High Noon Stores are negotiating the sale of a further four sites, C-store has learned.


Spar grows university presence with new Hull store

10 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Spar has revealed its enthusiasm for university stores after taking on its latest at the University of Hull.

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Sandwiches produced for Spar recalled due to "blue" meat

10 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Sandwiches produced by Great Northern Sandwich (GNS) Company for Spar have had to be recalled because they contain “blue” meat .


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