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Study highlights impact of rising staff costs for convenience retailers.

3 Apr 2024

Research by the University of Stirling and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation has shed light on the impact of rising staff costs on the convenience retail sector in Scotland.
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Independent department stores hitting a sweet spot on local high streets.

3 Apr 2024

With large national chains increasingly disappearing from the high street, Drapers magazine has been looking at how independent department stores are stepping up their offerings to... Read more…

Entries open for 2024 Baking Industry Awards

2 Apr 2024

The Baking Industry Awards return for their 37th year and are once again ready to recognise and reward the very best people, products, and businesses in the sector. The awards showcase the... Read more…

Family-owned cycle shop celebrates 90 years trading in Walsall.

2 Apr 2024

Walsall's cycling community has been celebrating a family-owned business which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.
 
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Payment-processing outages at UK retailers raise reliability issues for cashless transactions.

2 Apr 2024

Recent payment disruptions at supermarkets and fast-food outlets have raised questions on the need for improved reliability.
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North Yorkshire cycle hub up for top tourism award

22 Mar 2024

Rob Brown, co-director of Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, a not-for-profit hire scheme has been nominated for the Tourism Superstar 2024 award, run by VisitEngland.
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Independent retail bodies welcome new report aimed at tackling retail crime.

21 Mar 2024

ACS (The Association of Convenience Stores) and the Federation of Independent Retailers (The Fed) have both welcomed a new report published by the Association of Police and Crime... Read more…

Indie retailers outperformed supermarkets in sales of organic food, wellness and beauty products in 2023.

21 Mar 2024

As reported by Healthstores UK, new data contained in the 2024 Soil Association Organic Market report shows that independent retailers delivered an impressive 10% growth in 2023, with... Read more…

Cheltenham beer shop and bar wins top UK award.

21 Mar 2024

An independent bottle shop and bar in Cheltenham has been named as the UK's Independent Beer and Wine Retailer of the Year 2024 at the Drinks Retailing Awards. 
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Welsh Government Announce £20m Future Proofing Fund for Retail Businesses in Wales

21 Mar 2024

A number of organisations, including Bira (the British Independent Retailers’ Association), other trade associations, BIDs and unions have met with officials from the Welsh Government to... Read more…

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Indie retailers outperformed supermarkets in sales of organic food, wellness and beauty products in 2023.

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As reported by Healthstores UK, new data contained in the 2024 Soil Association Organic Market report shows that independent retailers delivered an impressive 10% growth in 2023, with organic retail sales in the independent channel totalling £475 million. Across all retail channels organic was up 2% in 2023. 

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While high inflation fuelled much of this growth, half the independent retailers surveyed also sold more organic goods than the year before. And there is positivity for the future as inflation eases and shopper confidence returns. More than two-thirds of independent retailers expect positive sales in 2024, reporting that the organic message chimes with customers’ concerns around key issues like health and sustainability. 

Health stores reported that organic beauty and wellbeing and supplements categories were performing especially well – which aligns with a wider focus on family health. 

The report shows that independents worked hard to deliver value for money to their customers during a deep and prolonged cost-of-living crisis. 

Healthstores UK cites Unicorn Grocery in Manchester, which cut prices on everyday organic essentials and explicitly compared RRPs to the supermarkets’ to highlight value – often coming in cheaper than bigger retailers. To drive home the organic message staff also signposted the benefits of organic, and local provenance of produce, around the store. This was rewarded by improved footfall and customer spend – particularly around organic fruit and vegetables. 

Infinity Foods in Brighton meanwhile launched a new Community Card which enables customers earn points every time they shop, which gives them extra offers or money off their shop. 

 

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