Illicit tobacco in car boot

Calls for clarity as Track and Trace tobacco regulations loom

The regulations, due to be implemented on 20 May 2019, are designed to curb the illicit trade

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BRC steps up calls for business rates reform

04 Oct 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has stepped up its call for the government to reform business rates after new official data highlighted the decline in total shop numbers across the UK.

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C-store retailers back parties' focus on high streets

02 Oct 2018 Updated: 05 Oct 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Retailers have broadly welcomed the two main political parties’ new strategies for saving the high street, with action on ATMs, business rates and a digital services tax among the proposals capturing imaginations.


Labour vows to ban ATM charges and save high streets

25 Sep 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Labour has pledged to ban ATM charges under a five-point plan to save the UK’s high streets.

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Display ban linked to fewer children buying tobacco

24 Sep 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

The 2015 tobacco display ban may have played an important role in the 17% drop in the number of children buying cigarettes from shops seen between 2010 and 2016.


MUP boosts alcohol sales for Scottish stores, study says

13 Sep 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Scottish retailers have benefited from an increase in alcohol sales since the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on 1 May, according to new research from The Retail Data Partnership.


Scottish government set to introduce licence renewal fee

30 Aug 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Scottish Government has published plans to introduce a new fee for the renewal of personal licence applications.

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Government proposes ban on energy drink sales to children

30 Aug 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a consultation on proposals to end the sale of energy drinks to children.

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SWA calls on members to participate in latest MUP consultation

28 Aug 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Scottish Wholesale Association is urging its members to participate in the Scottish government’s latest consultation on minimum unit pricing (MUP).


Plastic bag charge set to be extended to small stores

28 Aug 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The government is planning to extend compulsory plastic bag charging to small stores and raise the charge to 10p, according to reports.


Stores at risk of flouting new CCTV data protection laws

06 Aug 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

A large number of retailers with CCTV systems are still at risk of falling foul of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which were enforced more than two months ago.

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Vaping indoors has 'minimal impact' on air quality

25 Jul 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Fears that e-cigarette (e-cig) vapour could compromise indoor air quality have been addressed by a new peer-reviewed study which shows that vapour exhaled from electronic cigarettes has “minimal” impact.  

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Regulator announces review into card-payment services

24 Jul 2018 | By Robin Mannering

The Payments Systems Regulator (PSR) is set to carry out a market review into card-payment services to ensure they work in the interests of retailers.


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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Far-reaching impact?

17 Oct 2018 | By James Lowman

Last week the Scottish government published a consultation aimed at tackling obesity. We’ve seen a number of policies start in Scotland then become law in Westminster, says James.

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