Monthly Archives: May 2017

Assured Advice Training Scheme for Retailers

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of its dedicated platform to allow them to train their staff on Assured Advice. The platform, which has been developed by online learning company Bolt, will allow any ACS member to sign up to the Assured Advice scheme and benefit from both the […]

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CMA Begins Phase 1 Inquiry into Tesco/Booker Merger

Written by Chris Noice

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today commenced its formal inquiry into the Tesco / Booker merger. More information on the inquiry can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-opens-tescobooker-merger-investigation. The first phase of the investigation runs until 25 July 2017, after which the merger will either be cleared or, if the CMA identifies a potential reduction in competition, […]

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Environment Committee Recognises Challenges of Deposit Return Scheme for Small Shops

Written by Chris Noice

An influential committee of Scottish MSPs has acknowledged that convenience retailers do not have the space to facilitate a Deposit Return Scheme. The report (available here) by the Environmental Sub Group in the Scottish Parliament has identified that one of the central barriers to a deposit return scheme is the “lack of space for DRS […]

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Prospective Parliamentary Candidates Visit Darlington Convenience Store

Written by Chris Noice

One Stop retailers Rob and Lindsey Kilday have hosted store visits from their Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) ahead of the General Election. PPC Peter Cuthbertson and Baroness Neville-Rolfe attended from the Conservative Party. Green Party candidate Matthew Snedker and Liberal Democrat candidate Anne-Marie Curry also visited the convenience store at different times on the day. […]

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Scunthorpe PPC Visits Local One Stop Store

Written by Chris Noice

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Scunthorpe Nic Dakin has visited One Stop franchisee Pete Mann ahead of the Election. Pete Mann has been an independent retailer for almost two decades and become a One Stop franchisee 18 months ago. The visit included discussions on deposit return schemes, the National Living Wage, local policing and retail […]

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GroceryAid Names New President and Vice President

Written by Chris Noice

Andy Higginson, Chairman of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, has been appointed as President of GroceryAid, the grocery industry charity, by its Board of Trustees effective from 1st July 2017. GroceryAid has also appointed a Vice President with Charles Wilson, Chief Executive Booker Ltd, taking up this post. Andy Higginson commented, “I am honoured and humbled […]

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Standardised Packaging Rules Come Into Force on May 20th

Written by Leah Myers

There is now less than a week to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive’s sell through period ends. From 20th May 2017, retailers must ensure that all their stock is compliant with the new regulations. From 20th May, retailers must ensure that they only sell: Tobacco with standardised packaging Cigarette […]

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ACS Welcomes Cross Party Commitment on Business Rates Reform

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed a commitment from the Conservative manifesto published today on business rates, meaning that all major parties in England and Wales have now pledged to reform the business rates system. Property costs are among the largest costs faced by retailers and one-in-three retailers are paying increased rates since the revaluation. Additionally, only 39 […]

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Labour Publish Manifesto Ahead of 2017 General Election

Written by Chris Noice

The Labour Party have published their manifesto commitments ahead of the General Election on June 8th. Some of the key policies announced in the document (which is available in full here: http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017) include: “Raising the minimum wage to the level of the Living Wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020) – for […]

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Conservative Party Announce New Employment Policies

Written by Chris Noice

  The Conservative Party have announced a range of new employment policies to deliver more rights for workers.  This also includes a commitment to increase the National Living Wage rates to raise in line with median earnings until 2022.  The full list of policies are detailed below; Protection for all workers’ rights currently guaranteed by […]

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