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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Wide reforms’ are needed to save town centres
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee chair Clive Betts MP launched the group’s ‘High Streets and Town Centres in 2030’ report last week, warning that “local authorities must get to grips with the fact their town centres need to change”.
RN analyses what six of the proposals could mean for the future of independent retailers.
EXCLUSIVE: GroceryAid reports alleged ‘serious fraudulent activity’
Industry charity GroceryAid is involved in a police investigation after alleged fraudulent activity by a volunteer at one of its fundraising branches left the organisation more than £857,064 out of pocket.
In a statement earlier this week, chief executive Steve Barnes said: “An individual in a position of trust, in one of our volunteer branches, had breached our policies and allegedly engaged in serious fraudulent activities.”
EXCLUSIVE: New Booker tobacco club promises 2% margin rise
Booker has launched a tobacco club for its symbol group retailers promising a 2% margin increase on fast-selling lines.
The scheme launched this week for Premier, Family Shopper and Londis retailers.
Store owners who successfully join the scheme are required to stock Players Real Red Superking, King Size and Crushball, alongside Gold Leaf 30g and 50g pouches, and Riverstone 30g bags.
Retailers must sell the products at RRP or below to receive the discount.
The discount level depends on the symbol group. The wholesale price for Londis retailers on the three Players lines has been reduced by £1.55, compared with £1.45 for Premier and Family Shopper store owners.