Camelot Launches New AllStars Support Package for Independent Retailers

Camelot has announced a new, comprehensive package of support specifically designed for all of its 28,000 independent National Lottery retailers. The ‘ALLSTARS’ programme aims to help independent outlets make the most of The National Lottery in their store – to help boost retailers’ bottom lines and build on the £36 billion that they have helped Camelot to raise for Good Causes since 1994.

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General Election Result: Conservatives to Form Government with DUP Support

The General Election has resulted in a hung parliament, with no party achieving a clear majority.

The Conservatives have emerged as the largest party, but have not gained the requisite 326 seats to form a majority Government.

With all 650 seats declared, the Conservative party have won 318 seats with Labour following on 262. The SNP have 35 seats, Liberal Democrats 12, DUP 10 and 13 others.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that she would form a Government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party.

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Stockton South Candidates Visit Nisa Forecourt

Independent retailer John Stevenson has hosted store visits from his Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) in advance of the General Election.

PPC Dr Paul Johnson attended from the Labour Party as well as Liberal Democrat candidate Drew Durning.

John used the visit to discuss the impact of the business rates revaluation, retail crime and employment costs on his petrol forecourt store.

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PPCs Visit Londis Retailer in East Ham

Independent Londis retailer Kamlesh Patel has hosted store visits from his Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) ahead of the General Election.

PPC Stephen Timms attended from the Labour Party, as well as PPC Kirsty Finlayson from the Conservative Party.

Kamlesh used the visit to discuss issues including the impact of retail crime, business rates, the National Living Wage and Deposit Return Schemes.

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Clwyd South PPC Visits Rural Shop

Independent Spar retailer Sarah Davies has hosted a visit from Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) Simon Baynes ahead of next week’s General Election.

Sarah Davies has operated The Cross Stores in Glyn Ceiriog for over 11 years. Her rural shop is the only convenience store in the local community and provides local grocery delivery services and an expanded food to go offer.

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Main Parties Challenged on Business Rates and Employment Costs in Hustings Debate

Senior representatives from three major political parties have reaffirmed their commitment to reforming the rates system to support small businesses.

The hustings debate, organised by ACS and the Federation of Small Businesses, featured Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (Labour), Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke (Conservative) and Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrats) being questioned on their plans to support small businesses through economic incentives.

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