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November

Supermarkets sign up to new OFT code on food and drink promotions

Eight supermarkets have agreed to a set of Office of Fair Trading principles to address concerns over special offers and promotions for food and drink.

Chancellor urged to act on rates and bank charges in Autumn Statement

ACS has called on the Chancellor to focus on the cost of business rates and banking in his Autumn Financial Statement on December 5.

Kegworth is next stop for PRA forum

The Petrol Retailers’ Association will be heading to Kegworth in Derbyshire for the last regional forum of 2012.

Alcohol proposals offer 'carrot and stick' says Botkai

If the new alcohol proposals announced this week are enacted, they will impact on forecourt stores licensed to sell alcohol and those seeking new licences or variations to existing licences, according to Robert Botkai, head of property and licensing at Winckworth Sherwood solicitors.

Forecourts outsell standalone c-stores when it comes impulse products, says P&H

Forecourt shops are the home of snacking for the UK’s peckish drivers, new research from Palmer and Harvey has revealed.

PRA calls on business minister to scrap onerous legislation

Ahead of next week's Autumn statement, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), on behalf of its 5,500 small, independent retailer members today called on Minister for Business and Enterprise Michael Fallon MP, to restore economic fortunes to small forecourt shop owners by scrapping “onerous and ill-considered” regulation.

Symonds boosts service with forecourt attendant

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has introduced a forecourt attendant at its site in Wells, Somerset, to improve its service to motorists.

Minimum unit price for alcohol could boost illegal trade, says FWD

Proposals to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol will prevent supermarkets’ deep discounting but could also fuel the growing illegal trade in duty-avoided beers and wines, says the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD).

ACS urges ministers to reconsider alcohol licensing and pricing proposals

Ministers are being urged by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) to reconsider proposed changes to alcohol licensing and pricing rules that it believes will have a disproportionate burden on small shops.

MP promises changes as plight of local shops revealed

New research has revealed that seven out of ten shoppers (70%) believe that neighbourhood retailers and newsagents should be offered some degree of protection or special treatment from local councils and/or the Government to support them.

As ESSO and BP join Shell and Gulf in launching new loyalty programmes this year, are such schemes a key tool for businesses today?