Politics

Martin Vickers MP Outlines Support for Local Retailers on Sunday Trading

Written by Victoria Cummins

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has outlined his support for retaining the existing Sunday trading regulations in a visit to a SPAR store in Humberston operated by Blakemore Retail. During the visit, staff members and SPAR representatives raised concerns about the impact that longer opening hours for larger stores on Sundays would have on their business, […]

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Retailers Raise Concerns over Welsh Bag Charge Proposals

Written by Victoria Cummins

Local shops in Wales have raised concerns over proposals in the Environment (Wales) Bill that would see new regulations introduced on carrier bags and waste disposal. The Bill puts forward the following proposals: Increase the scope of the carrier bag charging regulations to allow Welsh Ministers to impose a mandatory charge on all types of […]

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ACS Calls for High Street Support in Business Rates Review

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the Government’s launch of a fundamental review of business rates, calling for greater support for small businesses and high streets. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We welcome this overdue review, and we are pleased that it will take a look at radical options for reforming the outdated business rates system. […]

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ACS Welcomes EU’s Fairer Card Fee Proposals

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has welcomed new measures to cap the costs retailers face when processing debit and credit cards. The EU intends to limit the ‘interchange fees’ charged by banks to card providers such as Visa and MasterCard to 0.2% on debit cards and 0.3% on credit cards. At present, Visa typically charges 8p per debit card […]

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New Food Allergen Display Law Comes into Force Today

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is urging retailers to be prepared for the implementation of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation coming into force today (13th December). The law will change the way customers need to be alerted to allergenic ingredients in food, especially loose foods or goods you package yourself. The law is designed to protect customers […]

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Government Launches New Report Celebrating British High Streets

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Department for Communities and Local Government yesterday (11th December) launched their new report, ‘Celebrating the Great British High Street 2014’. The report showcases some of the best high street projects from across the country and provides ideas that other towns could implement. The report, launched at an exclusive event in the Palace of Westminster, […]

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Treasury Minister Addresses Small Shops Group on Business Rates

Written by Victoria Cummins

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, and the Minister responsible for business rates addressed the All Party Small Shops Group today in Westminster to discuss business rates in light of the Chancellor’s announcements in last week’s Autumn Financial Statement. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “The measures announced in Autumn Statement will help […]

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David Gauke MP talks Business Rates to Small Shops Group

Written by Victoria Cummins

Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke MP will address the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops today on the Government’s action on business rates and support for small shops. Simon Danczuk MP, Chairman of the Small Shops Group, said: “I am pleased the Minister is taking the time to speak to the Small Shops Group […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: What’s Next for Rates Reform

Written by Victoria Cummins

Announcing business rates reform was the easy bit. Now the Chancellor has to work out what changes to this £26bn tax revenue stream will be fairer, pro-growth, fiscally responsible and popular. There are two key decisions to make. Firstly, what level of contribution does the Chancellor want business rates to make to the public purse? […]

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