Scottish Grocer & Convenience Retailer

Business, property & legal

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 – …

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 …