- Published on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:56
The September 2012 issue of Community Shop is now available to download here. We would also ask all our retail members to complete the crime survey which is attached and return it to us no later than Monday 12th November in order that we can analyse all results.
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:46
National statistics published today show that Scottish retail sales fell by 0.3 per cent in volume terms during the second quarter of 2012 whilst across Great Britain as a whole, retail sales grew by 0.1 per cent in volume terms. This mirrors an Economic Briefing Report published today by the British Retail Consortium which shows that Scottish consumer confidence continues to lag behind the rest of the UK.
Commenting on the figures SGF Chief Executive John Drummond said:
“Retail performance continues to be weaker in Scotland than in other parts of the UK whilst Scottish households continue to remain more nervous about their budgets.
“The Scottish Government must be doing everything within its power to ensure a strong retail environment in Scotland. Whilst the Small Business Bonus Scheme is welcome it should not be the end of the Scottish Government’s aspiration to support retailers.
“A holistic review of the many regulatory burdens which have been placed on retailers in recent years would go a long way in helping them through this difficult period.”
- Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:40
The Scottish Government has today published a consultation on Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources which includes proposals for the mandatory charging of single-use carrier bags.
Commenting on the proposals SGF Chief Executive John Drummond said:
“A number of SGF members have been operating voluntary charging schemes for some time, donating the proceeds to local charities and good causes.
“We are therefore minded to support the policy in principle but will be working through the detail with the Scottish Government to ensure that the system adopted is fair to both retailers and consumers whilst maintaining existing charitable links.”
“Clearly there are a number of examples of mandatory bag charging in operation all over Europe but we believe that the Welsh experience is a good place to start.”
A copy of the consultation can be accessed here
- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 17:08
NHS Scotland has today published a Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) report looking at the impact of the quantity discount ban on off-trade alcohol sales. The results show that whilst there has been a modest decline in alcohol sales in Scotland since the introduction of the ban, this follows a trend which began before the ban was introduced and mirrors what is happening in England where there is no ban.
Commenting on the report SGF Chief Executive John Drummond said:
“Despite all of the cost and disruption of this policy to retailers it is clear that it has hitherto failed to make the impact which the Scottish Government told us it would.
“The Scottish Government consistently believes that the best way to tackle alcohol abuse is to further regulate and interfere with the retail market whether it is discount bans, minimum pricing, or more onerous and expensive licensing conditions.
“We should welcome the fact that there is a continuing decline of alcohol abuse in Scotland but the only way to maintain this is through a prolonged and sustain shift in attitudes towards responsible drinking. Increasing the regulatory burden on responsible businesses is clearly not the answer.”
- Published on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 12:21
Following reports that the UK Government will now only apply VAT to food which is intended to be sold hot and not on food which is only hot because it is cooling down SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond, said:
“The vast majority of responsible retailers currently charge VAT on the hot food that they sell and we welcomed the government’s attempt to provide clarity to ensure that there is a fair and consistent application of tax across all retailers.
“However, we made clear in our submission to the government’s consultation that we did not support the use of ‘ambient air temperature’ as the mechanism with which to level the playing field.
“The new proposals are in line with what SGF advocated as an alternative approach and we welcome this common sense decision.”
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