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Shoppers looking for some hot stuff

Porridge bucking the trend with breakfast growth
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Much more than an after thought

Sales of tobacco accessories continue to grow in Scotland, with retailers urged to take note
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Pension obligations for part-time staff

In an industry where working hours often vary for staff on flexible employment arrangements, the advent of pension auto enrolment has left many retail businesses unsure as to who has to be included in the company scheme. Mark Hamilton of Dentons offers practical advice

Free from sugar but full of opportunities

Sugar-free soft drinks are performing well in Scotland, with growth continuing at pace

Convenient purchase brings improvements

Nisa boss Ken Towle sees quality in Co-op offer

Time to turn and fascia the change

After a whirlwind 2018 for wholesalers it’s a good time to reassess what’s on offer

The early bird gets the licensing worm

With 2019 now upon us, the first batch of personal licence renewals will be due by September. The Scottish Government has advised personal licence holders to submit their renewal application by 31 May 2019, but licensing specialist Janet Hood has suggested retailers apply even earlier than that

A fine line between banter and bullying

‘It was only banter’ is an often-used excuse. Mark Hamilton, a partner at Dentons, looks at a recent employment tribunal case showing that, surprisingly, this defence can work. However, while staff may enjoy friendly jokes on shift, managers still have to know where to draw the line
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A year to remember for the off licences

Legislation and shifting consumer preferences influence the market with MUP and the rise of craft both significant
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Exciting times ahead

Looking back, 2018 has once again been a year of dynamic change in the environment in which Scottish food companies operate
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Make sure you let staff take a break

Mark Hamilton, a partner at Dentons, looks at the law regarding rest breaks

Retailers be aware of the right to care

Employees who need time off to look after children or older relatives can be hard to accommodate in the busy retail sector. However, there are certain minimum allowances that must be made by law. Dentons partner Mark Hamilton explains employee rights when it comes to caring for dependants

Tough trading top of agenda

Experts warn of challenging conditions

Shout about your store

There is still time to submit your entry for the Scottish Grocer Awards 2019

SG Interview : Steve Appolinari, Fife Creamery

While retailers continue to invest in food to go, Fife Creamery has expanded its own offer by opening a new training centre
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Misconduct can be a tricky dismissal

When an employee’s bad behaviour goes too far and becomes a problem for the business, managers and owners tend to feel justified in dismissing for misconduct. However, even straightforward cases can lead to a tribunal .

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