Parfetts Aintree

Parfetts chairman raises Tesco-Booker concerns with ministers

Steve Parfett said the CMA showed a “catastrophic error of judgement”

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More than 100 councils yet to distribute rate relief

14 Nov 2017 | By Robin Mannering

More than 100 local authorities are yet to draw from a £300m fund to provide relief to businesses facing higher rates bills.


CMA provisionally clears Tesco-Booker merger

14 Nov 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally cleared the proposed merger of Tesco and Booker following an in-depth investigation.

Public smoking

England could be 'smoke free' in 12 years, says study

08 Nov 2017 | By Gaelle Walker

England could be “smoke free” in just 12 years-time as smokers continue to switch to electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and alternative devices a new Philip Morris (PMI)-funded study claims.

Staff living wage

£9.66: The real hourly cost of employment, SGF claims

31 Oct 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The real minimum hourly cost of employment is £9.66 when additional costs such as pensions and National Insurance contributions are taken into account, according to data released by the Scottish Grocers Federation.

Tobacco gantry

ACS rejects calls for tobacco licensing system for retailers

27 Oct 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has hit out at Action on Smoking and Health’s (ASH) calls for the government to introduce a licensing system for retailers that sell tobacco.


Business organisations call for reform of rates system

26 Oct 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has put its name to a letter that 18 business groups have signed, calling on chancellor Philip Hammond to fix the “broken” business rating system

One Stop invests in e-cig units

Parliamentary inquiry into e-cigarette usage launched

25 Oct 2017 | By David Rees

An influential committee of MPs has launched a new inquiry into the UK e-cigarette market, in order to address “significant gaps” in knowledge about them

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ACS tells MPs of concerns over bottle deposit scheme

25 Oct 2017 | By David Rees

ACS has told MPs that a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles would be costly to implement, difficult for retailers to manage and unlikely to be widely used by consumers


Wales proposes minimum unit pricing for alcohol

23 Oct 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Welsh Government is looking to introduce a minimum price for the sale of alcohol across Wales, as part of a wider effort to reduce the effects of excessive drinking.

Heart of Community

Minister pledges to help retailers claim business rates relief

18 Oct 2017 | By Robin Mannering

High streets minister Jake Berry MP has pledged to intervene on retailers’ behalf if local authorities fail to respond to requests for business rates relief.

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Gove eyes deposit return scheme for plastic bottles

02 Oct 2017 Updated: 06 Oct 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Environment secretary Michael Gove has announced a new call for evidence on a bottle deposit return scheme in England.


C-stores still struggling to shop around for best energy deals

29 Sep 2017 | By Andrew Don

A majority of convenience stores are still struggling to shop around regularly for the best energy deals, new research reveals.


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All systems go

15 Nov 2017 | By Linda Williams

Premier retailers Linda and Dennis prepare their store for Christmas and a new Aldi in Edinburgh.

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