Scottish Grocer & Convenience Retailer

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The dangers of employing family

Mixing family and business is a long tradition in the grocery sector, but as many will have experienced, it is not always plain sailing

Tread carefully with cash in hand

What are the risks and tax issues associated with paying cash to workers?

Five cases set to make an impact

Tribunal fees, whistleblowing, the gig economy... in the months ahead, these subjects and more will be at the heart of a number of high profile court cases

What’s the cost of taking a break?

A series of court cases over the last three years have made it hard for employers to know what elements of pay should be included when calculating holiday pay. …

Pitfalls of giving staff references

Employers have a duty to be honest when giving references, but what happens if they get it wrong? A recent employment tribunal offers a timely reminder of the …

Seeking support from the crowd

For many enterprising businesses, such as BrewDog and Diet Chef, the emergence of crowdfunding has proved the perfect antidote to bank lending and venture …

Training the key to retaining?

Symbol group launches learning academy as one in three retailers say retaining staff a significant challenge It has been said that around 25% of new employees …

Store bought by first-time purchasers

A local convenience store situated in the Morayshire village of Hopeman has been sold through specialist business property adviser Christie & Co, with …

Fighting to keep up

It seems that the law affecting licensed retailers is constantly evolving, making it difficult for even the most diligent of operators to keep up. Audrey …

Big consequences for poor hygiene

The trend for tough sentencing across health, safety and food hygiene law means Scottish food and drink businesses now face losing their livelihoods and even …

Vital protection or a lot of hassle?

The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) came into force on April 1. But what is its purpose? And what are the pitfalls for wholesalers and retailers? …

Drawn into the fray over plain packs

Many will be watching with interest as the World Trade Organisation delivers its opinion on Australia’s plain packaging laws for tobacco products this year. …

Brexit – exploring the possibilities

by Michael Dean and Malcolm Gunnyeon While Brexit uncertainty is the new normal, it flexes and varies week to week. Soon we will be straining to learn the …

‘Impossible’ rate appeals need rethink

COMMERCIAL property specialist Colliers International has called on the Scottish Government to adopt a more flexible system for mid-revaluation business rates …

There’s still time to fight

Property firm urges retailers to consider an appeal SCOTTISH retailers could have their rates bill cut for the next five years, but only if they act soon, …

Take care when choosing a name

By Julie Brown A catchy and memorable brand name is high on the list of priorities for any food and drink manufacturer looking to make a mark on the market – …