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  • SGF agrees Certas Energy partnership

    SGF agrees Certas Energy partnership

    The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) has announced a new partnership with independent fuel and lubricant distributor Certas Energy. The company serves 1,200 service stations including over 500 Gulf branded forecourts. As part of the new agreement, all of Certas Energy’s Scottish network of 24 company-owned forecourts will become SGF members. Certas Energy retail operations manager Colin Levy [...]

    📅May 31, 2016

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  • Trade feels the pinch as wage rates bite

    Trade feels the pinch as wage rates bite

    Independent retailers are already feeling the pinch of the national living wage, which was introduced last month (April) at the rate of £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and over. Paresh Vyas, who runs JND Stores in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, said: “It has affected us badly. We are making two staff redundant. I am [...]

    📅May 31, 2016

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  • Retail Industry Awards 2016 – entry deadlines extended

    Retail Industry Awards 2016 – entry deadlines extended

    Independent retailers have extra time to submit their entries for the Retail Industry Awards, the sector’s most prestigious accolades run by Independent Retail News and TalkingRetail.com. Those looking to enter the Independent Retailer of the Year and Independent Community Retailer of the Year categories now have until 3 June to get their applications in. Entries for Symbol/Fascia [...]

    📅May 27, 2016

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  • Independent retailers count the cost of higher wages

    Independent retailers count the cost of higher wages

    Retailers are being forced to increase prices and cut staffing following the introduction on 1 April of the national living wage, new research has found. A 1,000-strong survey commissioned by wholesaler Palmer and Harvey (P&H) found one in three independents planning to reduce staff hours or increase prices, while one in four say they will cut [...]

    📅May 27, 2016

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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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