small shops

Tobacco Display Ban: Small Shops Angry

Small retailers have reacted angrily to news that the ban on tobacco displays in shops is going ahead, despite their cost concerns. According to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), the decision to ban retailers from displaying tobacco products openly at the point of sale will cost small shops £40 million. Costs would include fitting flaps over existing gantries or installing new cabinets. The Tobacco Authority and Promotion (Display) Regulations 2010 were originally passed in March 2010. The ban was confirmed this month in the Department of Health report Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Tobacco Control Plan for England, after a review of the regulations. However, following a consultation the Government has delayed implementation of the ban for small retailers, from 2013 to 2015. “We... »

Tesco Expansion Will Threaten Small Shops

Supermarket Tesco’s proposed expansion in the wake of record profits is a major threat to small independent shops, the Rural Shops Alliance (RSA) has warned. The RSA, which represents independent retailers, appealed for “more fairness” in the grocery sector, and urged the Government to bring in new measures to curb the supermarket’s expansion. The Alliance’s appeal come shortly after Tesco posted record annual profits of £3.4 billion ― a growth of ten per cent on last year’s figures. The supermarket chain also recently stated its intention to increase its store development programme by 40% compared with last year. The RSA’s proposals include more rigorous planning laws to prevent big operators “overriding” local opinion and ... »