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Tag: Scottish Retail Consortium

Convenience in brief | PayPoint, the Fed, SRC

Scottish Grocer highlights three stories that tell convenience retailers about the latest developments and news from PayPoint, the Fed and the Scottish Retail Consortium.

Support for Swinney and Forbes

Retail industry leaders have welcomed the appointment of John Swinney and Kate Forbes as the new leaders of the Scottish Government – and vowed to work closely with them.
Data analysts indicate a slow start to the year, with shoppers still cautious on spend. Picture: Shutterstock.com/1000 Words

Challenging start to trading year

Industry chiefs are warning retailers of challenging economic times ahead as figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium show there was a disappointing finish to 2023 for store bosses.
Scottish Government Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary Shona Robison.

Rates frozen for the year

The Scottish Government's budget announcements about business rates for 2024-25 have been described by retail industry leaders as the "bare minimum" that could have been done.
Daniel Johnson MSP worked to bring the bill into power in Scotland in 2021.

MSP highlights retail crime crisis

Labour MSP Daniel Johnson has highlighted the recent rise in retail crime in a letter to the chief constable of Police Scotland that was signed by a number of convenience channel leaders.

Autumn statement ‘a mixed bag’ for convenience channel

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's autumn statement brought mixed blessings for the convenience channel, according to industry leaders.
Debbie Harding is to take on the role of SRC chair.

Three key appointments for retail industry

There have been three key appointments that are relevant to the convenience channel, with announcements relating to the Scottish Retail Consortium, Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership and Greens Retail.
David Lonsdale is encouraged by the strategy outlined by minister Neil Gray.

New Deal for Business plan is welcomed

The implementation plan for how the New Deal for Business Group recommendations will be taken forward have been broadly welcomed by the Scottish Retail Consortium.
Headshot of David Lonsdale director of the SRC.

Business rates freeze urged by SRC

Scottish retailers could face a £43million tax hike after the latest inflationary data from the Office for National Statistics – and the Scottish Retail Consortium is now calling for a business rates freeze.
Inflation may be dipping but consumer confidence is plummeting.

Consumer confidence falls ahead of Golden Quarter

While inflation has been falling there are plenty of signs that consumer confidence has also dropped, with some disappointing sales figures.
Food and Drink Federation Scotland chief executive David Thomson.

High food prices change shopper habits

Persistently high food and drink inflation is causing massive consumer anxiety and has affected shopping habits, according to industry experts.

Crime surge revealed

The British Retail Consortium has reported a rise in retail crime figures to a rate higher than that of pre-pandemic times.
woman thinking in a grocery store

Retail recovery is fragile

While inflation reached new heights, Scottish sales managed to stay positive at the start of the year, according to the latest Scottish Retail Consortium-KPMG retail sales monitor.
David Lonsdale

Rising hope on footfall

The Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) has reported a rise in the latest footfall stats compared to the same time period in 2022.
Nicola Sturgeon walking across stage with SNP in large letters

We’ll still push for our causes

Convenience and grocery industry leaders have vowed to continue to fight their corner with whoever becomes First Minister at the end of the month.
Till area of convenience store

Calling time on booze curbs

Drink and retail trade bodies have united to condemn proposals to severely restrict alcohol marketing in Scotland.