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South West Spar multiple tops Serve Legal audit

Gillett’s Callington’s 63 stores recorded a pass rate of 93% in the latest audit

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Government urged to clarify position on rates appeals

09 Mar 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The government has been urged to clarify its position on business rates appeals after promising to provide a fair system in a consultation response published in the wake of yesterday’s Budget.


Budget 2017: New measures to ease business rate rises

08 Mar 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Businesses ineligible for rate relief from April will see their bills rise by no more than £50 a month, while councils will get access to a £300m discretionary fund for hard-hit cases, the chancellor announced today.


AWRS: Check alcohol stock ahead of store purchases

06 Mar 2017 | By Andrew Don

With just a month to go until the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) kicks in, retailers have been urged to perform due diligence regarding alcohol stock when acquiring a new store.

Almost 40% of retailers illegally sold electronic cigarette products.

Value of e-cig market cools, Mintel figures suggest

03 Mar 2017 | By Andrew Don

New research by Mintel has revealed that the value of e-cigarettes has tapered off - although the claim has been challenged by a high-profile retailer who specialises in the category.

AG Barr Chief Executive, Roger White says most consumers want to reduce their sugar intake while still enjoying great tasting drinks

Irn-Bru producer AG Barr pledges to lower sugar content

01 Mar 2017 | By Simon Banks

AG Barr has announced it will reduce the amount of sugar in over 90% of its soft drinks portfolio by this autumn, ahead of the sugar levy. 


PM vows "relief" for businesses hit hardest by rate rises

22 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Ministers are looking at how to help businesses hit hardest by April’s change to business rates, the prime minister confirmed today, as pressure mounts on the government to take action.


ACS urges government to extend digital tax timeframes

22 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the government to extend timeframes for transferring business tax accounting onto digital platforms, ahead of its Making Tax Digital (MTD) proposal.

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Under Age Sales launches Scottish qualification

21 Feb 2017 Updated: 24 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Under Age Sales has launched a new qualification in Preventing Under Age Sales in Scotland….

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Welsh government announces £10m rate relief package

20 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Welsh Government has announced a £10m fund to help high street retailers who will be adversely affected by the business rates revaluation.


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.


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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ACS urges councils to spend rates revenue wisely

01 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged councils not to penalise convenience outlets when seeking to raise revenue for infrastructure projects through business rates.


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Mixed rates

21 Mar 2017 | By James Lowman

It’s been a mixed bag on business rates, despite positive measures in the Budget, says James Lowman.

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