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Scottish government caps rise in business rates

Rate rises have been capped at a below-inflation level of 2.1%

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Energy drink choice

MPs rule out ban on sale of energy drinks to children

04 Dec 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

An influentional group of MPs has published the findings of its inquiry into the sale of energy drinks to under 16s, concluding that there is insufficient evidence for a blanket age restriction on the products.

Philip Hammond

Government publishes details of rate relief announced in Budget

03 Dec 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The government has published details of how business rates discounts announced in October’s Budget will be allocated.

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Scottish government urged to scrap new rates levy

03 Dec 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Leading business organisations are calling on Scottish finance secretary, Derek Mackay MSP, to scrap a proposed new business rates levy on out-of-town premises.

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ACS urges government to delay Making Tax Digital until 2020

28 Nov 2018 | By Christian Fuller

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has backed a House of Lords committee report calling for the implementation of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT to be delayed.

Unregulated e-liquids

PM urged to pull plug on harmful unregulated e-liquids

28 Nov 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

MPs are calling on the government to look again at the regulatory framework governing vaping, in a bid to stem the flow of potentially harmful unregulated nicotine-free e-liquids.

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Industry trade groups warn against "chaotic" no-deal Brexit

27 Nov 2018 | By Christian Fuller

The convenience and wider grocery industry is warning of the “disruptive” and “damaging” consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

E-liquid flavours

US cracks down on flavoured e-cigs in bid to curb teen use

22 Nov 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

US convenience stores could soon be banned from selling flavoured vaping devices and e-liquids, unless they carry out costly internal refits, as part of tough new measures to curb “the epidemic” of teenage use in the country.

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Soft drinks levy raises £153.8m since April, HMRC reveals

21 Nov 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The soft drinks levy has raised £153.8m in tax since its introduction in April, according to new government statistics.

Nisa High Heath

Supermarkets failing to enforce voluntary energy drinks ban

20 Nov 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

The UK’s big four supermarkets are still selling high-caffeine energy drinks to children, despite having signed up to a voluntary ban on sales to under 16s earlier this year.

Swan Pharmacy

Store fined £10,304 for selling a £4 pack of razor blades

14 Nov 2018 | By Brian Warshaw

A pharmacy has just been fined £8,000 with £2,304 costs for selling a packet of five Wilkinson Sword razor blades to a boy who admitted he was only 15 years of age.

Cash machine

Rates no longer apply to external ATMs following court ruling

12 Nov 2018 | By Christian Fuller

Retailers will no longer have to pay business rates for ATMs outside their shops, following a court ruling.

Westminster

MPs to debate petition calling for plastic-free supermarket options

12 Nov 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Parliament will today (Monday) debate a petition calling for supermarkets to be required to offer a plastic-free packaging option for all their fruit and vegetables.

GDPR

Lost and found

27 Jun 2018 Updated: 29 Jun 2018

Delivery man walks into a village post office looking all lost and says, “Can you tell me where Mrs So-and-so lives? I can…

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Has the rise in ATM ram-raids deterred you from introducing/ retaining an ATM?

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ACS

Focus on energy drinks

12 Dec 2018 | By James Lowman

Store owners should debate selling energy drinks to children with their community, says James.

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