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Expert opinion and analysis from retailers, journalists and leading industry figures

All parties need to take the big alcohol issues in our industry more seriously

I love the fuss around the launch of manifestos in General Election campaigns. It’s a rare member of the public indeed that ever reads a whole manifesto, so you’re reliant solely on the press...
party manifestos

How many times do we hear the leaders of the main political parties claim that small businesses are the backbone of the economy? Yet when the perfect opportunity arises for them to clearly demonstrate...
failure

The three key ideas I took from visiting Malcolm’s with Jai Singh and Sid Sidhu on our Coventry Study tour were range, change and dealing with failure. When Pinda told us that they had experienced...
tobacco gantry

When the tobacco display ban came into force in 2015, there was an element of a softly, softly approach from trading standards. There were no big convictions immediately following it. But with this month’s...
business failure

I operated an independent store for more than two decades and during that time I discovered that the task was both full of opportunity and risk. To buy my business I had to sell...
Why the craft beer opportunity for retailers isn't just about what's on the shelves

Key questions for us when considering new suppliers are: what is the potential for growth and how can we stand out? Few sectors can answer this as thoroughly as the craft and microbrew beer...
As a local retailer are you asking the right questions and educating yourself?

Earlier this month, Warren Buffett, net worth $73.8bn, and Charles Munger, $1.4bn, met Berkshire Hathaway investors and shared some of their wisdom. “We avoided tech stocks because we felt we had no advantage there and...
Use the story behind alcohol innovation to sell to your customers

Two things on my mind this week. The first, the general public. The second, packaging. The reason they’re on my mind is because of a complaint made to the Portman Group about Hammer & Son...
first time buyer

First time buyers have always had challenges when accessing finance to purchase a business. I certainly did, so here is my experience and the lessons I learnt. The first two decades of my retail career...
Find out what your local MP will do for convenience retailers

As we enter the height of election season, the day-to-day business of Government is put on pause, but this doesn’t mean our work as a lobby group is less important.  If anything, it’s one of...