Fight Your Corner

  • Chess pieces
    News

    Playing to win in Tesco town

    2014-07-30T10:18:00Z

    Three years ago Andover was one of the UK’s top Tesco towns, with few independent c-stores still in the game. But after making some shrewed moves, the indies face a brighter future…

  • competition
    News

    Watching the competition

    2014-01-20T10:08:00Z

    No business can afford to live in a bubble. Keeping an eye on the  competition means getting up close and personal with rivals and employing the sleuthing skills of staff and customers.

  • Tesco Express
    News

    Frontline revisited

    2013-08-27T12:03:00Z

    A number of c-stores have taken on the multiples when they moved in on their patch. But have they sustained the fight? Robin Mannering reports.

  • am2pm Harrow
    News

    From the ashes

    2013-07-16T11:02:00Z

    Dilip Shah’s Harrow c-store was holding its own against a Tesco Express across the road, but then disaster struck. Now he’s picking up the pieces.

  • out of town retail
    News

    System failure

    2013-06-04T14:51:00Z

    A council’s recent planning decision calls into question the government’s stated desire to protect town centres. Robin Mannering reports.

  • Tesco protest
    News

    Victory in Basingstoke

    2013-04-23T16:11:00Z

    Mark Buttress took on the might of Tesco and won in front of a government inspector. Robin Mannering charts the two-year journey to victory.

  • Sherborne retailers
    Features

    Sherborne ultimatum

    2013-03-12T16:55:00Z

    Tesco must be used to local opposition to its ambitions by now, but even it must have been shocked by the resistance it met from traders and residents in Sherborne. Robin Mannering reports.

  • Soham
    Features

    NPPF: A reality check

    2013-01-29T16:21:00Z

    An out-of-town supermarket application near Soham is a test case for new planning rules. Robin Mannering looks at its implications for the future.

  • schools
    News

    All part of the job

    2012-12-04T11:33:00Z

    Getting involved in your local community is now an essential way to stand your ground, and customers expect it of you. Robin Mannering reports

  • Spar Dartmouth
    News

    Here to stay

    2012-10-23T00:00:00Z

    Julian Holliss tells Gaelle Walker how he turned trading in the shadow of two multiples into an opportunity to restructure his business and grow footfall