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Get ready for the May Bank Holiday sales surge

As the Great British public gears up for the next bank holiday weekend and the summer season, another bumper sales spike is expected. Over the long weekend, one quarter of shoppers are planning to attend a get together or party. ...

Building bridges

As independent business owners, we are all more and more at the sharp end of new legislation these days, particularly here in Scotland, where we have just this month seen yet another new measure, minimum unit pricing, aimed at tackling ...

Editor’s comment: Time to act on plastics

A staggering 13 billion plastic bottles are thrown away in the UK each year and a hefty 15% of those come from drinks that are consumed out-of-home. That means the convenience sector bears a large degree of responsibility for the ...

Editor’s comment: This sector creates jobs

As a journalist, I have to admit I find stories such as the recent troubles experienced by Bargain Booze owner Conviviality pretty exciting to cover. There’s a certain drama and an element of jeopardy to them that you don’t come ...

A quality offer

There doesn’t seem to be an industry event I attend at present that isn’t reminding me of the importance of food-to-go. As our sector continues to differentiate itself from the major multiples, food-to-go is an obvious choice for us all ...

Tackling the sugar tax is EASY

This month marks a new era for manufacturers, retailers and consumers as The Soft Drinks Industry Levy, better known as the ‘sugar tax’, came into full force on 6 April 2018. Although the sugar tax may seem scary, it’s actually a ...

One year until Brexit

Some retailers are already fighting to survive against business rates, changing buying habits, affordable wage levels – the list goes on and the market environment is at its toughest ever, particularly for those slower to adapt. Businesses are frustrated at ...

Identifying Easter trends

From avocado-shaped chocolate eggs to free-from ranges, retailers are embracing a variety of trends to engage with shoppers this Easter. Products playing on popular consumer health trends are being seen on retailer shelves this year, including the prevalence of free-from ...