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  • Blog

    Policy watch


    We can expect policy developments on key issues after the election, regardless of who’s in power, says James Lowman.

  • Blog

    How community work pays off


    A large Co-op opened near Ramesh Shingadia's Londis store in Southwater a few years ago, but he has always been able to maintain sales because of his community engagement, he says.

  • David Knight

    Event planning


    Sound preparation and offering something different paid off for Knight’s Budgens at Easter.

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    Time to review progress


    It’s been a year since Ramesh re-opened his Londis store in Southwater, West Sussex, so it is a good time to review progress.

  • Blog

    Budget analysis


    Overall, this was a safe Budget, but the real challenges will come when the next government unveils its programme after the election, says James Lowman.

  • Blog

    Take the high road


    Congratulations to the team at Scotmid, and particularly those at the store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, for being named Convenience Retailer of the Year.

  • Blog

    The importance of value


    The recession has solidified shopper habits in such a way that finding value for money remains a priority for many, says HIM's Sophie Jones.

  • Blog

    What does the future look like?


    Are you an independent retailer? Have you ever considered running a franchised store? For some people, these two questions are mutually exclusive...

  • Blog

    Why standards are top of the list


    For any retailer worth his salt, store standards have to be the number one priority, says Londis retailer Ramesh Shingadia.

  • Blog

    Time for a new plan


    When a multiple retailer arrives and says they want to open a store, it still seems that most council planning departments welcome them with open arms.

  • Blog

    Get shoppers to act on impulse


    It’s unsurprising that only 15% of convenience store shoppers purchased an item on impulse, says HIM's Jennie Milner.

  • David Knight

    Riding the storm


    The competition’s hotting up with Sainbury’s Local opening in Hassocks, but Budgens retailer David Knight is keeping his cool

  • Blog

    April is the cruellest month


    It has particular significance this year because the tobacco display ban will become a reality for every c-store on 6 April.

  • Blog

    Cutting back on the range


    It’s been nine months now since Ramesh and family re-opened their larger store, and there are still many lessons learned.

  • Blog

    Welcome to a new era


    A lot has happened in the past two decades in UK convenience, and it’s all set to change again, says HIM’s Katie Hemmings.

  • Champs

    Taking the message to government


    With the help of retailers representing Spar, Nisa and Premier, the SGF engaged with over 80 MSPs over a three-day period, showing them the facts about our sector in Scotland, says Premier retailer Linda Williams.

  • Blog

    Getting down to business


    The chancellor is doing the right thing in reviewing business rates, but now the real work starts, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

  • Blog

    Looking forward to 2015


    Dynamic market conditions and a new breed of shopper have created a ‘perfect storm’, which points towards revolution, not evolution, for UK convenience, says HIM’s Katie Littler.

  • Blog

    A different kind of Christmas


    Ramesh Shingadia’s Londis store will open from 9am-6pm on Christmas Day with just a skeleton staff, family only, and he expects to be busy.

  • David Knight

    Lighting up Christmas


    Sussex retailer David Knight urges all retailers to get into the community spirit at Christmas.