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  • News

    Counterfeit whisky under the spotlight

    2011-11-01T00:00:00Z

    A new method for detecting counterfeit whisky has been developed by scientists in Scotland.

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    ACS seeks evidence of rates rise impact

    2011-10-31T00:00:00Z

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is seeking evidence from retailers to help its case to the Chancellor for a one-off reduction on the increase in business rates.

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    Government urged to boost business confidence

    2011-10-19T00:00:00Z

    The government has been urged to cut VAT and introduce a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday to counter-act falling business confidence.

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    New bank gets cautious welcome

    2011-10-19T00:00:00Z

    A new bank promising to prioritise lending to small businesses has been given a cautious welcome.

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    Retailers to launch local food brand

    2011-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Independent retailers and local food producers in the Colne Valley have embarked on an ambitious plan to launch their own local food brand, and become entirely self-sufficient. The new brand, called Colne U Copia, is to appear across a...

  • News

    Card campaign hopes to heal Birmingham

    2011-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Retailers in Birmingham are being urged to back a major new council initiative to draw trade back into the city centre and restore confidence in its high streets after the recent riots. More than 300,000 of government money has been...

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    International: Postcards from Marrakech

    2011-10-14T00:00:00Z

    The Sunstar, Thothaal and Payless groups have collaborated on their first overseas venture a Costcutter supermarket in Marrakech, Morocco. C-Store went along for the official opening

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    Jinx takes on marathon challenge for staff member

    2011-10-14T00:00:00Z

    Retailers are known for going the extra mile but Norfolk store owner Jinx Hundel is going to run an extra 52 for charity. Jinx is hoping to raise 2,000 for Cancer Research UK and Norfolk-based cancer charity Big C in memory of Shirley...

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    Stores push for business rates freeze

    2011-10-14T00:00:00Z

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called on chancellor George Osborne to freeze business rates for 2012. Following Osborne's recent announcement that council tax would not increase next year, BRC director general Stephen Robertson...

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    News retailers call for supply chain investigation

    2011-10-02T00:00:00Z

    News retailers have submitted damning evidence to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in an effort to trigger a full Competition Commission investigation into the newspaper and magazine supply monopoly.

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    Post Office mutualisation plans announced

    2011-09-21T00:00:00Z

    The government has announced plans to mutualise the Post Office, giving more say to subpostmasters, customers and communities on how the network is run.

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    Stores give thumbs up to health lottery

    2011-09-19T00:00:00Z

    The independent retailing community is getting behind the launch of a new high profile lottery game launching on September 29.

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    Insurance: Cover your bases

    2011-09-19T00:00:00Z

    Accidents can happen at any time in a store, but when you venture into offering food to go, the risks increase. Aidan Fortune looks at the implications for insurance

  • News

    ACS calls for minimum wage freeze

    2011-09-19T00:00:00Z

    Convenience stores are being held back by year on year increases in the national minimum wage, according to evidence submitted to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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    Indies step up for Walk and Shop Day

    2011-09-18T00:00:00Z

    Shoppers will be encouraged to leave their cars at home and visit their local shops on October 5, the Federation of Wholesale Distributors' (FWD) Walk and Shop Day. The day will be marked with supplier activity in selected stores,...

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    FSA calls for single ratings scheme

    2011-09-17T00:00:00Z

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is calling for local authorities to adopt its Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRC). The FSA has announced a number of measures to address concerns of local authorities hesitant to adopt the new scheme. These...

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    Report urges banks to work with POs

    2011-09-17T00:00:00Z

    High street banks are being urged to offer more of their services through the Post Office network. A report compiled by Post Office watchdog Consumer Focus has called for more integration between banking services and the Post Office.

  • Columns

    the wholesale view: Philip Jenkins

    2011-09-16T00:00:00Z

    The future of our high streets should have been thought of before, argues Sugro MD Philip Jenkins

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    Copper thieves feel the force of the law

    2011-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Police forces across the country are launching operations to clamp down on the theft of copper cabling, which is leaving thousands of shops and businesses without phone or internet access. The price of scrap metals such as copper has...

  • Blogs

    Editor’s comment: David Rees

    2011-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Just weeks before a stringent new regime on alcohol sales comes into force in Scotland, the stakes are being raised down South, too.