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  • Sarah Alhadeff
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    Highlighting the benefits of local

    2020-05-18T14:58:00Z

    Interest in buying locally sourced produce has accelerated in recent years, driven by health, economic and environmental interests, writes HIM’s Sarah Alhadeff.

  • Sarah Alhadeff
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    The delivery opportunity

    2020-04-14T10:55:00Z

    Given that convenience stores play a vital role in local communities, now could not be a better time to venture into home delivery when shoppers need it most, writes HIM’s Sarah Alhadeff.

  • ACS
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    Support in testing times

    2020-04-02T12:50:00Z

    James Lowman outlines the work the ACS is doing to support local stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Community spirit

    2020-04-02T12:14:00Z

    A sense of community is vitally important in these strange, surreal times, but of course the best convenience stores knew that all along, C-Store’s editor writes.

  • MIKE DOREY HEADSHOT
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    Pulling together

    2020-04-02T11:44:00Z

    Trading at Eastcombe Village Stores in Gloucestershire is like nothing seen before, Mike reports.

  • Sid Sidhu
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    Delivering the goods

    2020-03-18T16:07:00Z

    Budgens retailer Sid Sidhu is impressed with the results of offering an online shopping service to local customers.

  • Champs
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    Legislation overload

    2020-03-05T14:29:00Z

    Planning a refit has hit home to Premier retailer Linda Williams the constraints legislation places on running the business.

  • ACS
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    A cost-neutral scheme for plastic

    2020-03-05T14:26:00Z

    The Environment Bill, which first made an appearance in the Queen’s Speech, made its long-awaited return to Parliament at the start of this year and more recently had its Second Reading, writes James Lowman of ACS.

  • SGF chief executive Pete Cheema
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    Cold hard statistics

    2020-02-24T12:23:00Z

    Shoplifting is now essentially a pandemic in Scotland, points out the SGF’s Pete Cheema.

  • Steve-Gotham-MCA-Insight-director-of-insights
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    The future of meat-free

    2020-02-24T12:17:00Z

    Health has been high on the agenda for some time and is firmly established as a mega trend across the UK food and grocery market, writes Steve Gotham from HIM/MCA.

  • ACS
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    Budget priorities

    2020-02-06T10:12:00Z

    Backed by a proper majority in Parliament, the Budget on 11 March marks the perfect opportunity for the Chancellor to set out a longer term agenda for the country, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

  • Sid Sidhu
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    From challenge to opportunity

    2020-02-04T11:57:00Z

    Budgens retailer Sid Sidhu has spotted a big opportunity from the forthcoming ban on menthol cigarettes in May.

  • HIM_Blonnie
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    Why coffee is good for convenience

    2020-01-29T09:26:00Z

    Coffee has become the ultimate convenience category, argues HIM’s Blonnie Walsh

  • Premier Wharfedale Hull
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    The cost of a vote-winning policy

    2020-01-21T14:51:00Z

    Increases in the minimum wage are piling the pressure on small businesses, reports Hull-based Premier retailer Sam Coldbeck. 

  • ACS
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    Protecting shoppers’ access to cash

    2019-12-13T16:34:00Z

    The ACS is campaigning to protect consumers’ access to cash.

  • Sid Sidhu
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    CBD sales boost

    2019-12-10T14:55:00Z

    CBD products have become a suprising hit for Sid, from vaping liquids to massage oils.

  • HIM
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    Can c-stores deliver success?

    2019-11-26T16:54:00Z

    It is clear that the delivery operators see value in servicing the convenience retail market and are willing to go head-to-head to capture that space, but HIM’s Giorgio Rigali asks if it is the right move for the independent sector.

  • ACS
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    General Election priorities

    2019-11-13T09:53:00Z

    The forthcoming General Election is about far more than Brexit, argues ACS’ James Lowman

  • SGF chief executive Pete Cheema
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    Reality check

    2019-11-12T16:12:00Z

    The government needs to recognise the implications of its policies on small stores, argues SGF chief executive Pete Cheema.  

  • Alice Dolling
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    Can c-stores compete in food to go?

    2019-10-31T14:26:00Z

    HIM’s Alice Dolling discusses where the convenience channel fits in to the £21bn UK food-to-go market.