Number of plastic bags issued by retailers plummets

The seven main retailers issued 83% fewer bags in the year to April compared to 2014 

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Government tobacco strategy commits to high tax rates

18 Jul 2017 | By David Rees

The government has unveiled its latest Tobacco Strategy document, which promises to maintain high levels of taxation on tobacco products and a review of penalties available against retailers who sell to the underaged.

underage sale, test purchase

Nearly half of retailers failing tobacco ID checks

14 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

A huge swathe of retailers across the UK could be habitually breaking the law by failing to ask for ID from teenagers who try to buy tobacco related products in their shops, a tobacco industry report reveals.

Staff living wage

C-stores could face shake-up of employment rights

12 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

 A UK government-commissioned review of modern working practices has recommended a shakeup of remuneration and employment rights in traditionally low-paid sectors, including retail.

Operational costs rise by 3.9% in 2016, with the National Living Wage a contributor

ACS urges government to mitigate impact of wage costs

07 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the government to do more to help with the rising cost of employment.

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Retailers warned over unregistered alcohol suppliers

05 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has urged retailers to check their alcohol suppliers’ Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) numbers because dodgy suppliers are still trying to trick convenience store operators.

Underaged sales

C-stores pass 82.5% of alcohol ID check tests

03 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Convenience store retailers passed 82.5% of alcohol ID check tests in 2016, down slightly on the previous year’s figure, but they improved their tobacco test pass rate, according to Serve Legal.

Bottle Tops

Deposit Return Scheme would cost Scottish stores £40m-plus

30 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Scottish retailers would face start-up costs of at least £40.7m if a Deposit Return Scheme is introduced, new figures from Zero Waste Scotland reveal.

ACS backs plans to end rollover energy contracts

Ban on automatic rollover contracts takes effect

27 Jun 2017 | By Andrew Don

Convenience stores will be able to save huge amounts on their energy bills after measures the Competition and Markets Authority introduced take effect this week (27 June).


Government refuses to commit to business rates pledges

26 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The government is yet to commit to its manifesto pledges to reform business rates and increase rural rate relief from 50% to 100%.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen's Speech: No mention of business rates reform

21 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The government’s plans to bring forward measures to tackle “unfair practices” in the consumer energy market must also be applied to small businesses, the Association of Convenience Stores said in its reaction to the Queen’s Speech today.

Theresa May

Retailers look for positives amid election turmoil

13 Jun 2017 Updated: 16 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The convenience sector could benefit from a new era of consensus politics and a period of light-touch regulation after the General Election result, store owners have concluded.


C-store sector responds to General Election result

12 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The surprise General Election result highlights more than ever the importance of retailers engaging with their local MPs, according to the Association of Convenience Stores.


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Pete Cheema

A healthy challenge

14 Jul 2017 | By Pete Cheema

Scottish retailers are tackling obesity and don’t need further regulation, SGF’s chief executive asserts.

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Britvic webinar

Understanding the soft drinks levy

30 Jun 2017

What is the soft drinks industry levy or so-called “sugar tax”, and what does it mean for your business?