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Retailer tactics that shone online and over the Christmas trading period

18 Jan 2019

Reports and insight into tactics that worked for retailers online and across the sales channels in the recent months with a particular focus on the Christmas period.
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Local shops supported by Welsh assembly members

18 Jan 2019

Assembly members were able to pledge their support for their local shops at the National Assembly for Wales.
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Can discounting have a negative impact?

14 Jan 2019

This year may mark the most brutal Christmas and New Year's for retailers ever.
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Future High Streets Fund

9 Jan 2019

The launch of Future High Streets Fund is there to modernise high streets and town centres.
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Decline in Boxing Day footfall

9 Jan 2019

The footfall numbers from Boxing Day have declined for the third consecutive year.
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UK not ready to go cashless yet

9 Jan 2019

The Access to Cash Review published a report suggesting that the UK is not ready to go cashless yet.
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Government plans to extend plastic bag charges

9 Jan 2019

The Government plans to extend the charge of plastic bags to small retailers by 2020, with plans to increase the charge from 5p to 10p.
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Making Tax Digital pilots and webinars available

8 Jan 2019

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is to come into effect on the 1st of April 2019, find out what you need to do and more helpful tips.

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APPCG meeting on latest updates from Manchester and London

7 Jan 2019

The APPCG hope you can join their next meeting on the latest updates from Manchester and London.
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20-70% correction in retail properties

18 Dec 2018

Fidelity is predicting a 20-70% correction in retail property as the sector gets de-rated due to rent cuts.
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2019-2020 Scottish Government's Budget

Posted on in Business News

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, has delivered the Scottish Government's Budget for 2019-2020. There are certain elements that are relevant to the convenience sector.

A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

The budget has acknowledged that the Scottish Government will be "legislating for an ambitious deposit return scheme that will work for everyone". The budget confirms that £20 million of funding for Zero Waste Scotland will be used to support the design and implementation work for a deposit return scheme.

Business Rates Reliefs

The budget has confirmed that there will be below inflation increases in the business rates multiplier and the continuation of the Small Business Bonus Scheme. Expansions to existing properties are not subject to business rates for 12 months. In 2019, primary legislation will be introduced in order to deliver other recommendations from the Barclay Review including measures to improve administration, fairness and a move to a three-year revaluation cycle.

Public Health

The new budget reiterates the Government's commitment to their respective alcohol and tobacco strategies. The budget highlights the interest and need for consultation of restricting the promotion and marketing of HFSS to tackle obesity. The Government has also committed to delivering "Best Start Foods" which will provide support for low income families to access a healthy and nutritious diet.

Town Centres

The Government is looking to create a £50 million Town Centre Fund to enable local authorities to support the wide range of investments, encouraging town centre to diversify, flourish and become sustainable places for the local communities and visitors to live, work and enjoy. 

Electric Vehicles

The Government is committed to investing £50 million in low carbon transport measures, including the expansion of Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure to support the ongoing target to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032.

Town centre 

The budget document is available in full here.

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