It’s a very interesting time for the symbol group market right now. It’s a growing market, and has been for many years as independent retailers realise that they need increasing levels of professionalism and support in order to compete, but it’s also in high flux.
I have long said that as retailers we should look to work together more often. Sharing best practice and exchanging contacts or networking can reap many rewards, and joining a symbol group does just that.
It’s a key lesson for business, and arguably for life in general, that nobody should outstay their welcome. Nevertheless, Colin Graves’ exit from Costcutter last week, 26 years after founding the group, still seems like it has come too soon.
We’re astonished to report this week that it took a formal Freedom of Information request from your favourite fortnightly to get the government to reveal the results of its own Sunday Trading consultation as part of the Red Tape Challenge