Category Archives: Independents

Pontypool vs Penarth: Rugby and The High Street and Town of 1951

This post has been ready for some time, but I thought I would publish it today, as it is National Sporting Heritage Day. If you are reading this on the 30th in Stirling then the University is hosting a pop-up … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Community, Cooperatives, Design, High Streets, Independents, Local Retailers, Places, Retail History, Rugby Union, Small Shops, Towns, Urban History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fully Funded ESRC Collaborative PhD Studentship on Scottish convenience store retailing

  Three Year Fully Funded ESRC Collaborative PhD Studentship on ‘Scottish convenience store retailing; understanding local impacts and cost drivers to enhance performance’ – Now Open for Applications A few weeks ago I gave preliminary notice of our success in obtaining … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Association of Convenience Stores, Convenience stores, ESRC, Food Retailing, Independents, PhD, Retail Economy, Retailers, Scotland, Scottish Grocers Federation, Scottish Local Retailer, Sustainability, University of Stirling | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taxing Matters for Retailers

The Scottish Election is in full swing; well as much of a swing as can be generated when everyone thinks they know the outcome.  Some have described it as a lacklustre campaign season; others have asked what campaign? So it … Continue reading

Posted in Deposit Return Scheme, Government, Independents, Leadership, MSPs, Rates, Regulation, Retail Levy, Retailers, Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Grocers Federation, Sugar Tax, Tax, Wages | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Local Data Company/University of Stirling 3rd Scottish Town Centres Event

The Local Data Company/University of Stirling 3rd Scottish Retail Town Centres Event will be held on the 1st December at KPMG Offices in Edinburgh. The Town Centres Event builds on the 2013 and 2014 events and reports and will reveal … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, ESRC, High Streets, Independents, Local Data Company, Longitudinal Data, Places, Reinvention, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centres, University of Stirling, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Any Given Sunday?

Well, the first Conservative UK budget for 18 years has been and gone, and no doubt retailers are beginning to assess what it all means for them. That might be tough given the lack of some details, some rabbits that … Continue reading

Posted in Association of Convenience Stores, Consumers, Government, Independents, Legislation, Localisation, Part-time working, Planning, Profits, Rates, Regulation, Retail Policy, Retailers, Scottish Government, Sunday Trading, Wages | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Local Convenience Stores in a Challenging Retail Environment

It is always a pleasure to be simply able to stroll across the University car park to the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly the Stirling Management Centre) in order to present at an industry conference. Last Wednesday the Scottish Grocers Federation … Continue reading

Posted in Community Grocer, Competition, Convenience stores, Food Retailing, Independents, Local Multiplier, Local Retailers, MSPs, Planning, Scottish Grocers Federation, Scottish Local Retailer, Small Shops | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Christmas Markets?

I did some shopping this year in a sort of Christmas market; as normal I frequented the Stirling Farmers’ Market including its additional date for Christmas. Last year I did go to the Edinburgh Christmas Market, but beyond the alcohol … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Competition, Farmers Markets, Independents, Local Retailers, Markets, Public Realm | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments