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  • Independent Retail News app launches

    Independent Retail News app launches

    Independent Retail News has launched a new app, which is available now on Apple and Android devices. The free Independent Retail News app gives you full access to digital editions of the magazine and supplements, to read both offline and on-the-go. Further features include breaking news and product news feeds, opinion pieces, the latest retailer profiles and [...]

    📅May 26, 2016

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  • Record annual lottery sales for Camelot

    Record annual lottery sales for Camelot

    Camelot has announced National Lottery ticket sales of £7,595m for the 2015/16 financial year – a record for the company since the National Lottery launched in 1994. Camelot raised £1,901m for good causes, paying out £4,198m in prizes to players for the year ending 31 March. The company said retail accounted for around 80% of all sales, [...]

    📅May 26, 2016

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  • SGF offers legal hotlines with TLT partnership

    SGF offers legal hotlines with TLT partnership

    The Scottish Grocers' Federation (SGF) has launched two new legal hotlines in partnership with TLT, offering advice to members on licensing and employment issues faced by retailers. The hotline service will be run by TLT licensing partner Stephen McGowan; licensing legal director Niall Hassard; employment partner Jonathan Rennie; and employment solicitor Aileen Irvine. SGF said members will [...]

    📅May 25, 2016

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  • Rising alcohol sales in Scotland supports case for minimum unit pricing, health minister says

    Rising alcohol sales in Scotland supports case for minimum unit pricing, health minister says

    According to a new report from NHS Health Scotland, the recent downward trend in the amount of alcohol sold per adult in Scotland has reversed – a situation which the Public Health Minister says "strengthens the case for minimum unit pricing". The report found that in 2015, 10.8 litres of pure alcohol was sold per adult [...]

    📅May 25, 2016

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  • MFG appoints new retail director

    MFG appoints new retail director

    Forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has announced the appointment of Richard Baker as its new retail director. The former Tesco managing director joins MFG from the Egremont Group in America, where he assisted with a business transformation project for pharmacy/convenience operator Walgreens. MFG chief executive William Bannister said: “This is a key appointment for us as [...]

    📅May 24, 2016

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  • C-stores ‘insulated from online threat’

    C-stores ‘insulated from online threat’

    Independent stores should forget about trying to offer online shopping and instead focus on fresh produce, top-up missions and parcel collection services, says a leading analyst. “If you are a small independent, there is no great benefit from trying to offer online shopping,” said Paul Langston, consulting partner at CACI. “It is far better for them [...]

    📅May 23, 2016

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  • New loyalty scheme to help retailers raise bar

    New loyalty scheme to help retailers raise bar

    Palmer and Harvey (P&H) has launched a new loyalty scheme for its retail customers that could see them earn up to £2,000 a year. The initiative, called Sircle, was unveiled at the recent Pro-retail 2016 trade show in Telford, Shropshire, and is designed to prompt retailers to improve store standards, sales and profitability. P&H managing director [...]

    📅May 23, 2016

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  • Bestway backs big barbecue bonanza

    Bestway backs big barbecue bonanza

    The barbecue season is “big business” for the independent trade and wholesaler Bestway is urging retailers to make the most of the opportunity this summer. The wholesaler says research shows the average consumer spends £520 during the barbecue season, with £400 spent on hosting events and £120 on products when visiting friends and relations. “The good news [...]

    📅May 23, 2016

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  • Strong trading on the back of ‘transformational year’ for Conviviality

    Strong trading on the back of ‘transformational year’ for Conviviality

    Conviviality, the parent company of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, has reported strong trading in the year to 1 May, in what it described as a 'transformational year' with the £200m purchase of Matthew Clark in October and newly announced acquisition of wine trader Bibendum PLB Group. Conviviality said sales increased by 137% to approximately £864m, [...]

    📅May 20, 2016

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  • Plain packs and EUTPD II tobacco legislation comes into force

    Plain packs and EUTPD II tobacco legislation comes into force

    Standardised packaging and EUTPD II tobacco legislation comes into force today, with tobacco manufacturers now only allowed to produce products that comply with the new regulations. This includes no longer being able to manufacture cigarette packs containing less than twenty sticks, roll-your-own tobacco pouches under 30g or packaging featuring price marked packs. Today also marks a year-long [...]

    📅May 20, 2016

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