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RETAIL LEGISLATION

EUTPD-II, National Living Wage, and other legislation relevant for retailers

General election

Government plans to give all business rates tax revenues to local authorities were delayed by the government itself, according to a new report. The Communities and Local Government Committee’s legacy report states that they were...
tobacco

A chaotic tobacco supply chain unable to cope with the final sell-through of branded stock and 10-packs has left retailers unprepared for next month’s deadline. A senior tobacco industry figure told RN wholesalers are struggling...
Minimum wage

With local elections just a couple of weeks away, Jeremy Corbyn took the opportunity to make some big promises to voters last week. The biggest announcement for independent retailers was the Labour leader’s “real living...
rising staff costs

Retailers who give staff more responsibility, find skilled people and automate store processes can increase their business’s profitability in a climate of rising staff costs, store owners told RN. Ferhan Ashiq (pictured), of Levenhall Village...
Corbyn

Out-of-touch politicians could destroy the convenience retail business by imposing massive wage hikes, the trade warned this week. Local shopkeepers struggling to pay a 30p rise in the national living wage from the start...
alcohol promotions

Restrictions on alcohol promotions and an increase of licensing fees across England and Wales has been heavily criticised. The House of Lords Committee Review has recommended further restrictions on alcohol promotions – which are already...
smoke

With the new tobacco legislation coming into effect, how are other retailers adjusting to the change? Use the next few weeks to sell off slow-selling lines “As 10s have been disappearing we’ve been using the opportunity to...
illicit tobacco

As new legislation filters into the market, retailers that focus on great value, availability and range will see success. Changing opportunities There are just over six weeks left for retailers to sell through any stock that does...