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Louise Banham

Louise Banham
Louise is the editor of Retail Express, which reaches more than 50,000 stores every fortnight. Retail Express is the start of the journey for every independent convenience retailer, providing key news stories and effective, easy-to-implement advice. Louise can be found on Twitter at @RetailExpress and @LouiseBanhamRE; on; and 020 7689 3353.

Booker posts 5.8% sales growth in run up to CMA decision on Tesco merger

Booker Group has posted strong results for the summer with 5.8% year-on-year growth for non-tobacco sales. In its results released this morning, taking in the...
Spar Retail Show

Spar’s £2m funding scheme to help retailers invest in their stores

Spar has pledged to help its retailers invest in developing their stores with a new match-funding scheme worth £2m. Speaking at the Spar Retail Show,...

Spar Sleaford picks up best store award at Spar Retail Show

Husband and wife team Rachael Hockmeyer and Christian Slingby scooped the title of best Spar store at this year’s Spar Retail Show. Since taking over...
Cost pressures force a 5% fall in convenience jobs

Cost pressures force a 5% fall in convenience jobs

The number of jobs in the convenience sector has fallen by 5% as rising costs continue to pile pressure on independent retailers. According to the...
Deposit Return Scheme

Deposit return scheme gets green light in Scotland

The Scottish government will press ahead with plans to introduce a deposit return scheme. Speaking in Holyrood today, leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon, said:...
Self-service: Make sure staff are on board with changes

Why all your staff have to be on board with changes in your store

Last weekend, I popped into a revamped Co-op to find out how it was competing with local independent convenience stores. As I approached the huge...
Nisa Wine Festival

Nisa aims to drive shoppers into stores with return of its Wine Festival

Nisa has kicked off its Wine Festival for 2017 to help independent retailers drive sales throughout September. The festival will begin on September 11 and...
illicit tobacco black market

What retailers think about the new parliamentary group on tackling illicit trade

The creation of a new cross-party Government group to combat the issues and drivers of the illicit trade has been welcomed by trade associations...
Leak reveals what Co-op’s £144m buyout deal could mean for Nisa retailers

Leak reveals what Co-op’s £144m buyout deal could mean for Nisa retailers

Nisa members could receive more than £2,000 per share, Co-op-branded products and the chance to sign up to a franchise if they give the...

McColl’s boasts annual sales growth of more than 15%

McColl’s has posted 15.8% year-on-year sales growth following the integration of 298 convenience stores into its portfolio. Like-for-like sales in its convenience stores in Q3...