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Illicit alcohol industrial unit

HMRC fails 1,300 alcohol wholesalers under AWRS

20 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has reiterated the criminal implications of retailers buying alcohol from rogue traders after HMRC rejected more than 1,300 applicants for the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS).

Nanny State Store

'Nanny State Store' mocks excessive regulations

19 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Unbranded chocolate bars that warn “chocolate may kill you” and cans of fizzy drinks with health warning triangles on them: this could be where convenience retailing is heading because of the “nanny state”, a libertarian group and consumer activism body have warned.

Fairtrade trolley of goods

Ethically-motivated shopping growing in importance

19 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Ethically-motivated shopping is an increasingly important growth market that is expected to become a major retailing trend in the near future, a new report from global real estate advisor Colliers International claims.


C-store retailers highlight General Election priorities

19 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Convenience store operators have highlighted key issues they want the new government to resolve after the General Election on 8 June.

Westminster Parliament

General Election: Don't use NLW as bargaining tool, warns ACS

18 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged political parties not to use the minimum wage as a bargaining tool ahead of the surprise General Election on 8 June.


Independent retailers crack Easter trading

18 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Convenience store retailers are reporting a successful weekend of Easter trading, with sales of chocolate eggs particularly buoyant.

Hi! Street Media

Digital screens prove a hit for convenience store owners

18 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

Leading c-store retailers are singing the praises of digital media screens, ahead of a national roll-out by one of the main providers.

Vishal Madhu, founder and owner of Innovative Bites

Confectionery wholesaler Innovative Bites buys Hancocks

13 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

Innovative Bites, the importer and wholesaler of American grocery and confectionery products, has announced the acquisition of Hancocks, the UK’s leading supplier of wholesale sweets. 

Co-op launches charity food donations

The Co-op launches food redistribution scheme

13 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

The Co-op has announced it will be launching a new wide-reaching food redistribution scheme this week, supporting 2,500 good causes in towns and villages in postal areas where it has stores.


Family-run Spar store reopens following £1m refit

13 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Connolly family’s Spar store in Tidworth, Wiltshire, has reopened following a £1m redevelopment project.

Bottle Tops

Government considering launch of bottle deposit return scheme

12 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

The government is mulling the launch of a deposit return scheme for bottles and cans despite an outcry from convenience stores all over the UK.

McBride's Spar

Henderson Group announces record financial year

12 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Henderson Group, owner of Spar, Eurospar and Vivo in Northern Ireland, trumpeted a record financial year at its wholesale conference in Seville Spain, last weekend.


Tesco-Booker: Lewis outlines opportunities for independents

12 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Tesco has shed further light on the “mixture of opportunities” that its proposed £3.7bn acquisition of Booker will present, including the possibility of enhanced financial services and click and collect for independent retailers.

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution has won a contract to supply 220 Royal Voluntary Service hospital sites across Britain

Blakemore Wholesale lands five-year hospital supply deal

12 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution has announced a five-year deal to supply 220 Royal Voluntary Service hospital sites.

business rates

Rate relief must be delivered quickly to retailers, says ACS

11 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

The ACS has urged the government to ensure councils are given full discretion over the business rates relief fund, and called for decisions to be made quickly.


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