Deposit return scheme

Scottish government publishes analysis of DRS consultation

Retailer groups were more likely to call for an exemption for convenience stores

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Economist Intelligence Unit

Government publishes Brexit guidance for retail sector

08 Feb 2019 | By Robin Mannering

The government has published new guidance for the retail sector on preparing for Brexit.

Plastic waste

MPs call for ban on plastic waste export to developing countries

07 Feb 2019 | By Robin Mannering

A group of cross-party MPs has today called for a complete ban on the export of the UK’s plastic waste to developing countries.


Northern Ireland retailers warn PM over no-deal Brexit impact

06 Feb 2019 | By Robin Mannering

The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium has left the Prime Minister “in no doubt” over its concerns about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on food costs.


MPs launch wide-ranging business rates inquiry

01 Feb 2019 | By Robin Mannering

MPs have launched a wide-ranging review into business rates, examining a number of areas including firms’ ability to pay rates and potential alternatives to property-based business taxes.

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Proposed allergy labelling laws to apply to store-prepared food

25 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed to overhaul allergen labelling laws and give consumers clearer information on the food they buy.


Deposit Return Scheme will 'drive footfall' to small stores

22 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

Small stores would likely participate in a Deposit Return Scheme for used beverage containers in order to drive footfall, if they are legally exempt from the proposed UK system, according to experts citing overseas evidence.

Energy drink choice

Welsh government consults on anti-obesity proposals

17 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

The Welsh government has proposed a ban on energy drinks to under-16s and restrictions on the promotions of certain products in-store as part of its obesity-reduction strategy.

Scottish Promotions

Scottish promo restrictions unenforceable, SGF says

10 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

Scottish government plans to restrict in-store promotions on foods high in fat, salt and sugar are “badly thought through and unenforceable”, the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) has warned.


Plastic bag charge to be extended to all retailers

02 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

The government has announced proposals to extend the single use plastic bag charge to all retailers by 2020.


Minimum unit pricing in Wales should be set at 50p, says ACS

21 Dec 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales should be set at 50p in line with existing legislation in Scotland, according to the Association of Convenience Stores.

High Street

High street report calls for town centre transformation

20 Dec 2018 | By Christian Fuller

A government-commissioned report has recommended how to spend £675m high street fund announced in the Budget and calls for more local action to transform town centres, including utilising empty shops.

Plastic Bottles

Deposit Return Scheme confirmed in new waste strategy

18 Dec 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The government has confirmed a consultation on a Deposit Return Scheme for single-use drinks containers, with a view to implementation by 2023.

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Taxing times

22 Feb 2019

In just a few weeks’ time you – or your accountant – will have to do your vat returns digitally…


Would you be happy to accept plastic drinks containers for recycling in your store?

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Reporting retail crime

05 Feb 2019 | By James Lowman

If retailers stop reporting crimes when they take place there’s a danger that forces will see theft as even less of a priority over time, says James.