- Published on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 21:16
SGF confirms today that Nisa has joined the Federation bringing with it 202 stores across Scotland.
Nisa, which represents over 960 retailers operating 4,000 stores across the UK, is a major player in the independent retailing market.
Commenting on the news John Drummond, Chief Executive of SGF, said:
“This is great news for both SGF and Nisa. The principle of strength in numbers is vital to SGF so that we can speak with more authority and clout when representing the interests of independent grocers across Scotland and Nisa’s membership will add to this strength.
“These are challenging times for retailers and there is no shortage of regulation and laws coming from Holyrood, some good and some bad but most adding to the burden of our members.
“With NISA’s support we look forward to taking these challenges head on.”
Andrew J. Mouse, Nisa group sales director, said:
“There is great benefit, for us and for our members, in joining the SGF. Given the amount of red tape that too often seems to have a strangle hold on our industry, it pays to have an organisation with a clear agenda to lobby for the best interests of independent retailers. We’re delighted to be joining and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.”
- Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2011 21:24
The Scottish Government have today published the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill. Commenting on the legislation John Drummond, Chief Executive of SGF, said:
“As responsible retailers we have consistently opposed any Government intervention which would distort the retail market and we believe that more emphasis must be placed on dealing with the cultural aspects of our relationship with alcohol and not just price.
“As retailers we see how stretched the average household budget is and we cannot support a measure which will disproportionately penalise those already struggling on lower incomes and who consume alcohol responsibly.
“However, the parliamentary arithmetic now means that minimum unit pricing will become law.
“We therefore call on the Scottish Government to provide clarity and reassurance on a number of key issues including:
- the proliferation of cross border and internet sales which could result from minimum unit pricing and undermine smaller and independent retailers;
- to publish their legal advice which shows that minimum unit pricing is competent and will not be struck down by EU law;
- to provide more transparency and accountability by stating the minimum unit price in the legislation.”
- Published on Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:12
For those retailers planning on selling fireworks there are a number of key points to remember about the sale and storage of fireworks in order to stay safe and remain within the law.
- Any retailer storing explosives, including fireworks, requires a registration or licence. It is an offence to store fireworks on unregistered premises. Only persons with fixed premises can be registered. Fireworks cannot be sold at market stalls, car boot sales or other temporary sales points.
- It is an offence to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 years. The maximum penalty for selling fireworks to anyone under this age is a £5,000 fine. SGF recommends that retailers operate a strict No ID No Sale policy to ensure that they do not sell to minors.
- It is an offence to sell caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throw-downs to under-16 year olds.
- The 2004 Fireworks Regulations state that suppliers of fireworks to the public must display an A3 sized notice stating that it is illegal to sell adult fireworks or sparklers to anyone under the age of 18 and that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.
- All category 4 fireworks or any other fireworks which does not meet BS 7114 or EU equivalent must not be sold.
- If you store explosives, you must not allow a person under 18 years to work in that storage area except under appropriate supervision.
- Fireworks on the shop floor must be kept in a designated area well away from sources of ignition and in a display case or storage cupboard or cabinet.
- Each storage cabinet or display case must hold no more than 12.5kg (NEQ).
It is the retailers’ responsibility to ensure that they are aware of and comply with the regulations governing the sale and storage of fireworks. If you are uncertain about any aspect of selling or storing fireworks please consult your local authority or trading standards officers.
The Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004 can be accessed here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2004/393/contents/made
The Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regs 2005 can be accessed here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1082/contents/made
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2011 20:18
The latest unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics show some welcomed news with the overall unemployment levels in Scotland declining by 0.7% over the last year to June-August 2011. However, the latest quarter (June-August 2011) shows that unemployment levels in Scotland rose by 7,000 with the unemployment rate increasing by 0.3 percentage points to 7.9 percent.
This comes as the national minimum wage increased on October 1 by 2.5 percent and continued a trend of successive increases every year since the introduction of the NMW in 1999. The NMW has soared from £3.60 per hour for an adult in 1999 to £6.08 per hour in 2011.
John Drummond, Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation, said: “As retailers the length and breadth of Scotland continue to face down the challenges of these extraordinarily difficult times in our economy Government should be helping employers not adding to their financial pressures. “As employers, retailers do not want to be put in the position of having to choose between giving someone a pay rise or giving them their P45. “As the Low Pay Commission undertakes its work to determine the rate for next year, the Scottish Grocers Federation will be lobbying for a freeze on the NMW. “Unless the NMW is brought into line with the current policy of pay freezes across vast swathes of the private and public sectors it is going to be increasingly difficult to make the increase in unemployment for the last quarter the exception rather than the rule.”
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