Category Archives: Rates

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

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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

The Retail Sector in Scotland by Numbers

Over the Christmas break you may have spotted some newspaper and media commentary that the price of a shopping basket in Scotland for food was some 5% less than in the Eurozone. Those with long memories of my academic writing … Continue reading

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Town Centre Action Plan – One Year On

At the Scotland’s Towns Partnership Conference in Inverness last November, I extracted a pledge/promise (but most definitely not a vow) from the Towns Minister Derek Mackay to, one year on, reflect on progress against his Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP). … Continue reading

Posted in BIDS, Government, High Streets, Local Data Company, Planning, Public Realm, Rates, Regeneration, Rents, Retail Planning, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scottish Retail: Creating Jobs, Investing in Communities, Boosting Growth

At various points during the life of this blog I have turned it over to guest bloggers to cover a topic of their choosing. Sometimes this has been because something they have said or have written has caught my eye … Continue reading

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Rates Relief?

On a couple of occasions during the so far three year life of this blog I have almost written something about rates. I have obliquely skirted the issue and then pulled away, sometimes saying I’ll do it properly some day. … Continue reading

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Debating Points

On the 16th January there was a debate in the Scottish Parliament – not a long one mind – on the Government’s Town Centre Action Plan. The Official Record of the debate is available on the Parliament’s website and I … Continue reading

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