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Driving environmental change
Positivity from the carrier bag charge. 

The government, following consultation, has decided that in January 2021, the carrier bag charge will increase from 5p to 10p and will apply across all retail. Now it applies to convenience stores, how should you make the most of the change in your store?

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Change to Carrier Bag Charge from April 2021 

Next year, from April 2021, charges for single-use carrier bags will apply to all retailers in England. What does it mean for your convenience business?

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Man shops convenience store from home using Basket
The case for online shopping 

The rate of growth for home delivery groceries is increasing, with shoppers who were previously happy to visit the local town, exploring the advantages of shopping from home and those whose health concerns mean they prefer to avoid the queues. The statistics argue a strong case for making sure your store is online to serve your customers where ever they look for you.

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Facts on menthol cigarette alternatives 

Examining the impact the menthol cigarette ban has had on the potential alternatives customers might purchase. This analysis looks at sales of the alternative smoking products category.

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Local Stores and Sunday Trading 

The government is proposing to make changes to the Sunday trading law but we are concerned that this will mean yet another challenge for our small, independent stores.

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