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Forecourt retailer scoops Spar prize

Hockmeyer Motors Spar Sleaford in Lincolnshire has been crowned best store at this year’s SRS trade show run by wholesaler AF Blakemore in recognition of its “relentless focus on driving business” and its commitment to the local community. The business, ...

Londis hails Wine Festival success

Londis said its first ever Wine Festival helped to increase sales by 60% across its estate while attracting new shoppers to the category and boosting footfall. The four-week campaign included half-price deals on Silent Lake and Isla Negra, alongside Oyster ...

New polymer £10 note unveiled

The new £10 note featuring author Jane Austen has been unveiled by the Bank of England. The banknote is printed on polymer and the first Bank of England note to feature a series of raised dots to help blind and ...

Retailers and brands sign up to data product charter

Twelve leading grocery retailers and brands have backed a new industry charter that aims to transform how the grocery industry manages and exchanges product data. A new “Digital DNA” service will be trialled later in 2017, allowing the industry to ...

Card surcharges to be banned in 2018

New rules will come into force in January to end card surcharges, the Treasury has announced today. In 2010, the total value of surcharges for debit and credit cards was an estimated £473m, but ministers said they have acted to ...

Bestway Wholesale appoints new sales director

Bestway Wholesale has appointed Tony Holmes to the role of sales director, as part of a restructure of the business. He will head up all sales functions, including the company’s contact telesales service in Perth. Bestway Wholesale managing director Martin ...

KP Snacks set to acquire Butterkist

KP Snacks has reached an agreement to buy popcorn brand Butterkist from Tangerine Confectionery. The Butterkist manufacturing site in Pontefract, West Yorkshire and 140 employees will join the KP Snacks business following the deal. KP Snacks chief executive Mark Thorpe ...

Government extends digital tax deadline

The government has pushed back its deadline to make businesses submit all their tax returns online. Financial secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride confirmed last week that the government will delay plans for the roll out of its digital tax ...