Queen Elizabeth II

Queen's Speech: No mention of business rates reform

The Speech committed to reducing consumer energy bills and raising the NLW

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SGF launches Planning Gateway for members

07 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Scottish Grocers Federation has introduced an online function to enable its retail members to easily access information on planning applications and local development plans.

ACS hustings

General Election hustings focuses on small business policy

05 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians sought to convince independent retailers of their parties’ small business credentials at a hustings in London on Friday.

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Philip Morris to exchange tobacco stock at roadshows

01 Jun 2017 | By Andrew Don

Convenience stores stuck with Philip Morris tobacco packs they can no longer legally sell will be able to swap them for compliant products at cash and carries across the UK

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Scottish MSPs admit DRS scheme is bad for small stores

31 May 2017 | By Andrew Don

Scottish MSPs have acknowledged convenience stores do not have the space for a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)


Up to 20% of c-store tobacco stock still branded

22 May 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Up to 20% of tobacco packs sold in convenience stores were still branded just days before the sell-through period for branded products expired on Saturday (20 May), new research reveals.


Belfast council drops plans to relax Sunday Trading rules

19 May 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Belfast City Council has abandoned plans to relax Sunday Trading regulations in the city.

General Election

ACS welcomes cross-Party commitment on rates reform

19 May 2017 | By Simon Banks

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed commitments from all major Parties in England and Wales to reform the business rates system in the run up to the General Election.


Lib Dems pledge future tax cuts for small businesses

17 May 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to make small businesses “the priority for any future business tax cuts” if elected to government.

Labour manifesto

Labour pledges to reform rates and raise minimum wage

16 May 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Labour’s manifesto includes pledges to guarantee a “proper” business rates appeal process and to extend the National Living Wage to all workers aged 18 or over.

Retailers can only sell plain packs from May 20

Retailers reminded of tobacco sell through deadline

12 May 2017 | By Simon Banks

Retailers are being reminded that there is just one more week to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive’s sell through period ends.

Plans to increase minimum wage could put jobs in danger

Plans to hike minimum wage could 'cost low-paid jobs'

12 May 2017 | By Simon Banks

Plans by both Labour and the Conservative party to increase the national minimum wage could put lower paid workers’ jobs at risk, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Almost 40% of retailers illegally sold electronic cigarette products.

Most e-cigarette users are now ex smokers, study reveals

08 May 2017 | By Robin Mannering

For the first time, the majority (52%) of the UK’s adult e-cigarette users are ex smokers, according to a new study.


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Sam Coldbeck

Come together

14 Jun 2017 | By Samantha Coldbeck

Retailers, suppliers and Trading Standards all need to work together to beat the illicit trade, writes Premier retailer Samantha Coldbeck.

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