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Alcohol

I recently went to the launch of something called the Summit Scorecard, which offered analysis of the Top 50 UK retailers’ online performance. Of the 50 companies analysed, Argos, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis were best...

Every year, the RN team visits stores up and down the UK to learn about working life in independent businesses. In the fourth of our blogs on our visits, reporter Dave Songer joins Surrey retailer David...
Business rates: do you feel lucky?

All eyes will be on the Budget on March 8 and the focus for many will be what chancellor Philip Hammond has to say on the matter of business rates. The NFRN, ACS and several...
retail lessons

Terri Sjodin, the author of Scrappy, recalls her mid-1970s American childhood and in particular the rites of passage as a girl scout selling cookies. The process was daunting. The young girl had to canvass her...

Last week, we submitted our recommendations to the Treasury ahead of what will be the final Spring Budget before the political event moves to the autumn under plans announced by the Chancellor at the...
Billy Kinder

Every year, the RN team visits stores up and down the UK to learn about working life in independent businesses. In the third of our blogs on our visits, associate editor Chris Rolfe joins Today’s retailer...
Alcohol: craft beer

Do you know about what you sell? Not just the size and shape of things and your profit margins; do you have the sort of knowledge that would make people buy more from your...

How many different retail messages are you pitching from the front of your shop? Too often, we see too many messages in indie retail. This can confuse shoppers and steer them away from noticing...
price war on tobacco

Two weeks ago, I spent a fantastic day in one of Raj Aggarwal’s shops, where I got to chat to him and his staff, and witness first-hand the challenges they face. Tobacco was clearly...

Every year, the RN team visits stores up and down the UK to learn about working life in independent businesses. In the second of our blogs on our visits, editor Chris Gamm joins the Fraser Group's...