John Lee, Daniel Johnson MSP and Pete Cheema

MSP launches consultation to protect Scottish shop workers

The new proposals have been welcomed by the Scottish Grocers Federation

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Government to extend 5p plastic bag levy to small stores

10 Jan 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The government is expected to announce an extension to the 5p charge on plastic bags in England to small retailers, as part of new environmental plans.

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McColl's fined for accidents outside Welsh store

08 Jan 2018

A £600,000 fine was imposed on convenience store operator Martin McColl Limited for a series of accidents that occurred outside its store in Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan in January 2016.


MPs call for 25p levy on disposable coffee cups

05 Jan 2018 | By Robin Mannering

MPs have called on the government to introduce a 25p levy on disposable coffee cups to “kick start a revolution in recycling”.


Waitrose to ban sale of energy drinks to under-16s

04 Jan 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Waitriose has become the first UK supermarket to ban the sales of energy drinks to under-16s, following concerns from health officials about high levels of sugar and caffeine affecting children’s wellbeing.

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New Change4Life campaign focuses on children's snacking

02 Jan 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Public Health England (PHE) has launched its first Change4Life campaign to promote healthy snacking.

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Ban on card payments surcharging looms

02 Jan 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Retailers will no longer be able to charge customers to use credit or debit cards in store from 13 January.

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MPs call for bottle deposit return scheme

22 Dec 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

An influential group of MPs have advised the government that they should introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles.


Government aims to boost high-speed broadband coverage

20 Dec 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

The government has announced plans to allow UK consumers and businesses to request high speed broadband.

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Post Office welcomes £370m in government funding

20 Dec 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

The government has announced funding of £370m for Post Office Limited to help modernise the network and support branches serving remote and deprived communities.

ACS welcomes Ofgem proposals for tougher rules on backbilling

Ofgem proposes 12-month backbilling limit on energy bills

18 Dec 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed Ofgem’s proposals to introduce a new 12-month backbilling limit for micro-businesses.

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Plastic bottle levy 'could make millions' for charity

12 Dec 2017 | By Gaelle Walker

A proposed levy on single-use plastic bottles alone could generate around £1.75m a day for good causes, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) claims.


New data protection rules to hit stores next year

11 Dec 2017 | By Gaelle Walker

Retailers have just over five months before they need to be compliant with hard-hitting new data protection regulations or face steep fines.


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Pete Cheema

Working together

23 Jan 2018 | By Pete Cheema

Only by working collaboratively can major government policy be made to work, argues Pete.

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