Scottish Grocer & Convenience Retailer

Business, property & legal

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 – …

Bullets and Booze

An analysis of the main effects of the recently-introduced Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 on the country’s convenience retail sector. By: …

Own label bouys up supermarkets

PREMIUM own-label products bucked the supermarket trend ahead of the 2016 festive season, recording a 13% year-on-year increase in sales against continued slow …

Don’t fall for the invoice scams

Invoice fraud costs small and medium sized businesses in the United Kingdom more than £9bn each year, and it’s on the rise. Can you avoid becoming a victim …

Sparklers fizz in name clash

Defending trade marks from infringement is important for businesses seeking to protect their brands. Cristal Champagne recently went to lengths to do just …

Don’t suffer a dressing down

Dress codes are a common feature of many workplaces, but recently firms have hit headlines as their idea of appropriate corporate wear clashed with people’s …

Defining the fair price promotion

Pricing and price promotions have become increasingly important in retailing as consumers become cost-conscious. There are policy and legal issues too. The …

Small town chances for convenience?

Property firm’s report highlights Scotland’s changing retail landscape LAST year saw signs of recovery in some of Scotland’s town centres, with …

The National Living Wage – the details

Staff costs changed significantly for many convenience retailers in the spring and there’s more to come with the NLW scheduled to reach £9 an hour by 2020 …

Beauty spot award winner changes hands

AN award-winning Scottish store, in one of the most picturesque parts of the country, has new owners. Duncan’s Village Store, a previous Scottish Grocer …

SRC boss warns on Scots tax rates

RETAIL industry group the Scottish Retail Consortium held its annual reception last month – meeting with MSPs from the new Scottish Parliament and hearing …