New directions

We ask some of Scotland’s young c-store retailers about their businesses and the key issues of the day. We’re looking for new generation retailers and...

Delivering success for convenience

Snappy Shopper was founded in 2016 by former retailer Scott Campbell, local businessman Valy Ossman and Mike Calalchan, a developer from Scottish web design firm MTC Media

Awards profile: Bakery Retailer of the Year (independent store)

Winner: Giacopazzi’s, Milnathort Supported by Warburtons
Andy Maddock

Maddock in at Caledonian

CALEDONIAN Brewing Company has appointed Andy Maddock as its managing director. Maddock, who begins his new role this month, takes over from Stephen Crawley who...
SGF public affairs adviser John Lee.

Pain but no gain from plain packs

Westminster surprised many when it said it would look again at plain packaging on tobacco. In Scotland the powers that be are ready to...

Barry Hanif, independent store, Day-Today and Nisa

Barry Hanif has been a full-time retailer for three years and is the owner of three stores: an independent in Falkirk; a Day-Today in...

Living the local dream

Facing a major challenge when Aldi opens nearby, Dennis and Linda Williams are examining their business, stressing its local character, boosting chilled, offering everyday...
Debbie and Andy Townsend (above) moved from Birmingham to Laide five years ago and took over the local Post Office and forecourt. In a small community, many miles from the nearest supermarket, they are relied on for a lot more than the average corner shop, but have risen to the challenge of meeting the needs of their customers.

Best Laide plans

A village shop, Post Office and petrol forecourt, Laide Post Office can boast a lot. Andy and Debbie Townsend moved to the area, in...

Seal of approval warrants concern

Alison Bryce, intellectual property and technology expert at Dentons UK discusses what implications the Queen’s death can have business.
Wendy Morrell, second right, and her husband Malcolm, second left, receive the 2013 Merchandising Award, run in association with P&G, at the 2013 Scottish Grocer Awards presentation event.

Awards profile – Merchandising award 2013

Our winner: life and times Wendy Morrell – Scottish Grocer Merchandising Award winner 2013 – in association with P&G Store details: Symbol: Best-one Size: 800 sq ft Opening...
Computer screens

Staying vigilant in the digital age

Few business threats are as complex or difficult to guard against as cyber attacks.

Awards profile – Soft Drinks Outlet of the Year

Ross MacPherson and Mandi Duncan opened their first store in Barassie, Troon in 2016. The store was named Confectionery Retailer of the Year in 2017.

Retail and obesity

As the Scottish Government considers a ban on promotions for unhealthy foods, Leigh Sparks makes the intervention case
Blas Maquivar will be president, Mars Chocolate UK.

New face for chocolate giant

MARS has a new UK chocolate chief: Blas Maquivar will take up the role of president Mars Chocolate UK & Global Retail next month. ...
Asiyah and Jawad Javed Day-Today Stenhousemuir

Awards Profile – Community Retailer of the Year

Putting customers first is second nature to the team at Day-Today Stenhousemuir – and it’s an attitude that’s won them international plaudits.
Bep Dhaliwal, trade communications manager, Mars Chocolate UK, left, and awards event host Craig Hill, right, present the Community Champion Award to Asif Akhtar and Abada Akhtar of Smeaton Stores, Kirkcaldy.

Family store gives heaps of support

Community Champion – supported by Mars Chocolate Winner: Premier Smeaton Stores, Kirkcaldy, Fife Winner details Staff: 4 Symbol: Premier Smeaton Stores has been a family business for three...