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Indies fear planning changes will mean more Tesco Express stores

INDEPENDENT retailers fear that the government’s latest vow to get the planning system “off people’s backs” could allow the multiples to “steamroll” opposition to...

Santander forced into u-turn by irate business customers

SMALL businesses are celebrating victory after they forced a high street bank into a u-turn over free banking. Their protests mean Santander has...

HMRC criticised by MPs over ‘too few’ prosecutions of smugglers

THE UK's tax authorities should take more people to court for alcohol smuggling, says a group of influential MPs. The Public...

Multiples go soft on Sunday trading after Olympics relaxation fails to boost sales

BRITAIN?s biggest retailers have cooled on the idea of permanently extending the hours they can open on Sundays after a temporary relaxation of restrictions...

My terrifying gunpoint ordeal has changed me as a person

A STORE owner has told how he wants to give up retailing after being traumatised by a gunpoint robbery. Javed Iqbal says he...

Small business bank set up to help ‘innocent victims’ of financial crash

GEORGE Osborne described small firms as ?innocent victims of the financial crash? as he revealed plans to launch a new bank to fund small...

I have heard it was difficult to find a shop open in the evening’

FROM the work ethic, education and family values to curry, comedy and open-all-hours shops, many Britons appear to believe that the mass influx of...

Government’s red tape bonfire must amount to ‘more than just hot air’

INDEPENDENT retailers have given a cautious welcome to the government’s pledge to scrap or overhaul 3,000 burdensome business regulations. Sceptical business leaders this...

Camelot loses High Court battle to stop The Health Lottery operating

CAMELOT has lost a legal bid to stop The Health Lottery from operating. The National Lottery operator laid down the High Court challenge after...

Premier Foods to lighten its debts by selling iconic British brands to US firm

PREMIER Foods, Britain’s largest food manufacturer, is to sell its sweet spreads and jellies business to American organic foods company, Hain Celestial Group, for...