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  • Retail Industry Awards open up for independents

    Retail Industry Awards open up for independents

    Store owners across the country are urged to start sending in their entries for this year’s Retail Industry Awards, which feature a raft of independent categories. The Retail Industry Awards are celebrating their 21st birthday this year and we want you to celebrate with us by submitting entries for your best-in-class stores. Organised by Independent Retail News [...]

    📅April 29, 2016

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  • EasyFoodStore ‘in talks to franchise’

    EasyFoodStore ‘in talks to franchise’

    EasyFoodStore, the fledgling budget food business from EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is in talks with potential franchisees to grow its business, the company said this week. The pilot store in Park Royal, north-west London, currently shares its location with an EasyBus depot, but the group is planning to expand its business in the capital, following what [...]

    📅April 29, 2016

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  • ACS concern over Home Office crime figures

    ACS concern over Home Office crime figures

    Latest figures released as part of the Home Office’s Commercial Victimisation Survey have revealed that one in five premises in the retail and wholesale sector were victims of shop theft over the last year. The sector saw the highest crime rate of any in the survey - with wholesale and retail premises experiencing 4.7m crimes in [...]

    📅April 28, 2016

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  • Nisa Bank Holiday Bonanza drives sales

    Nisa Bank Holiday Bonanza drives sales

    Nisa said its recent Bank Holiday Bonanza helped the symbol group achieve £1.1million in additional sales, with retailers taking advantage of the market-leading offers available across a range of branded products. The deals were listed on Nisa’s order capture system between 18-20 April and included key convenience lines including a 30% saving on Floralba Prosecco and [...]

    📅April 28, 2016

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  • Major brands team up with bigDL technology

    Major brands team up with bigDL technology

    Big Deals Local (bigDL) has announced that major brands including Coca Cola, KP, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Molson Coors, Britvic, Weetabix and Nestle will fund exclusive mobile coupons for free and discounted products via its mobile alerts and iBeacon technology. Today’s Group announced in March that it would be roiling out bigDL's digital marketing tools to more than [...]

    📅April 28, 2016

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  • Motor Fuel Group announces Booker supply deal

    Motor Fuel Group announces Booker supply deal

    Forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has announced a new shop supply agreement with Booker Retail Partners (BRP), part of the Booker Group. MFG said 300 of its 374 station network will be supplied by BRP when the partnership commences on 1 July. It said a major rebranding programme will also begin at the same time, [...]

    📅April 27, 2016

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  • Criminal gang jailed for £15m alcohol fraud

    Criminal gang jailed for £15m alcohol fraud

    A criminal gang that netted more than £15m from selling alcohol illegally in the UK has been jailed for a total of 19 years, following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officials. Investigators found that two companies, Eurolink Trading Ltd and Saffire Trading Ltd were being run to launder the proceeds of illicit alcohol [...]

    📅April 26, 2016

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  • P&H chief operating officer Helen Buck steps down

    P&H chief operating officer Helen Buck steps down

    Palmer & Harvey (P&H) has announced that chief operating officer Helen Buck has stepped down after five months in the role. She joined the wholesaler after ten years with Sainsbury’s, where she held a number of positions including business development director. The P&H board said she had tendered her resignation for personal reasons, which had been "reluctantly [...]

    📅April 25, 2016

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  • New funding package for MPK Garages to support growth

    New funding package for MPK Garages to support growth

    Forecourt operator MPK Garages has announced a £14m funding boost as it looks to refresh its estate and acquire new forecourts. The company currently operates 25 sites across the UK under the Texaco and Gulf brands, the majority of which are freehold and located on trunk or major roads. It said the investment (£7m Business Growth [...]

    📅April 25, 2016

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  • Planning system must support rural c-stores – ACS

    Planning system must support rural c-stores – ACS

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to ensure that the planning system supports rural convenience stores in its submission to the DCLG's consultation on rural planning. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Rural stores are often the only retail offering for a small village, so [...]

    📅April 25, 2016

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