To belong to a group, you play by the rules and gain from head office back-up and better buying power. Simples. It works for thousands of traders.

Then I got a call from a retailer who is considering his options and who made me think twice. How about One Stop? Should he, shouldn’t he? He was obviously feeling a bit torn because, after all, One Stop is part of Tesco, the sworn enemy.

On the other hand, he had been reading reports from other retailers on our pages who had been making a good fist of it… and better profits.

Recently, One Stop claimed that franchisees have been enjoying sales hikes of going-on 40%. Crikey, hard to argue with that. On the other hand, One Stop won’t say how many outlets it has. Why not?

Sorry to leave this on a cliff-hanger, but that’s all I’ve got.