Cigarette production

ACS raises concerns over tobacco 'track and trace' plans

The draft EU regulations ’would place a significant cost and time burden on retailers’

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81% of parents believe manufacturers have a responsibility to reduce sugar in products

80% of parents look for low sugar products, survey reveals

14 Sep 2017 | By Robin Mannering

A new survey has revealed that 80% of parents regularly look for low or no-sugar products for their families, yet 30% are unable to find these products in store.

£10 note

Bank of England issues new £10 polymer note

14 Sep 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Bank of England today issued the new £10 note, joining the £5 note in the first series of polymer banknotes.

Bottle Tops

Scottish government announces bottle deposit return scheme

05 Sep 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Scottish government’s decision to roll out a bottle deposit return scheme will adversely impact small stores, retail associations have warned.

Roadworks

New proposals aim to reduce roadworks disruption

04 Sep 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The government has announced proposals aimed at significantly reducing disruption caused by roadworks.

New £1 coin

Businesses returning "wrong £1 coins" to HM Treasury

01 Sep 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Treasury has urged businesses to be vigilant when it comes to handling £1 coins because millions of the wrong ones have been returned

NHS Health Eating Programme

NHS invites retailers to join new health programme

29 Aug 2017 | By Ieuan Hughes

The NHS is inviting retailers to participate in a new health programme that could see consumers get discounts on their grocery shop as a reward for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

business rates

Scottish rates review makes 30 key recommendations

23 Aug 2017 | By Andrew Don

Local shops have welcomed a review of non-domestic rates in Scotland designed to make the system fairer for them – especially those wanting to invest or expand their property

Focus On Chilled Ready Meals

Ready meals under fire for high calorie content

22 Aug 2017 | By Andrew Don

Ready meals, one of convenience retailing’s mainstays, is under attack, hard on the heels of fizzy drinks

legislation

Number of plastic bags issued by retailers plummets

21 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The number of plastic bags issued by large retailers in England dropped by 83% in the 12 months to 6 April 2017 compared with the year before the 5p charge was enforced.

lightbulb

Energy costs threat to stores highlighted

20 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Energy costs are one of the biggest risks to convenience stores’ future success, a new survey discloses.

tax

Making Tax Digital programme delayed until "at least 2020"

19 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has acceded to the convenience store sector’s demands to further delay its Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme.

smoking cigarette tobacco

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.

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Donna Mullan

Multiple ambition

11 Sep 2017 | By Donna Mullan

A second store is a huge commitment, but has by no means put us off adding to our retail site portfolio, writes Northern Ireland retailer Donna Mullan.

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