The real reason our shops are shutting up, british retail consortium.#British #retail #consortium


The real reason our shops are shutting up

British retail consortium

British retail consortium

8:19PM BST 28 May 2013

Another day, another report on the death of the high street. According to the Centre for Retail Research, the number of shops in Britain is predicted to fall by more than a fifth by 2018, blighting our town centres and suburban malls with a further 60,000 boarded-up stores. We are, it says, facing a crisis .

This is certainly true but one of the main problems when it comes to fixing it is that we re blaming the wrong things. The usual culprits suggested are the march of the big supermarket chains, the state of the economy, and above all the growth of the internet. Even the biggest names in retail are not immune: last week, Marks Spencer said that it won t build any more clothes stores in the UK after 2016, as sales migrate online. And the mighty Tesco has said that it is ditching more than 100 empty plots of land that it had jealously and expensively acquired to build giant hypermarkets , and will instead focus on the internet.

Certainly, the web has its part to play, as does the flatlining state of consumer spending. Yet according to retailers themselves, the biggest single reason why so many shops are closing down is because of rising financial demands from government, in the form of business taxes, and from landlords, in the form of rent.

Take Clapham Books, the sort of shop that every high street needs. Friendly, independent and so plugged into the community that it deserves its own seat on the council, this south London bookshop is being forced to close at the end of the summer and look for cheaper premises elsewhere. If people see an independent bookshop closing they assume it s because of Amazon and e-books, says Ed McGarry, the shop s manager. But it s not. You can figure ways around all those things. It s about rising rent and business rates.

In Clapham Books s case, a recent increase proposed by the landlord means that its rent will have quadrupled in 15 years. The same is happening all over the country. According to the British Retail Consortium, the overall cost of doing business for shopkeepers has risen from £96 billion to £116 billion since 2006. Looked at another way, costs have risen by 21 per cent against a sales increase of just 12 per cent. Even where rents have remained static, or fallen (as the British Property Federation claims they generally have), there s still the problem of business rates. These are partially set using that pernicious tool of government revenue-generation, the multiplier , adjusted every April in line with the previous September s inflation figure. So this year, rates rose by 2.8 per cent, adding £175 million to retailers bills overnight.

Related Articles

Of course, the internet is playing its part in the changing retail landscape. By 2018, a fifth of all sales will be online, and retailers of all sizes are being forced to adapt to ensure their long-term survival. As part of its reinvention, Tesco will not only focus on internet sales, but open more smaller shops. It also recently acquired Giraffe, the family restaurant chain, in recognition that its future is about giving people a day out rather than just luring them to a big shed full of products.

John Lewis, meanwhile, is offering consumers increasingly flexible ways to shop: goods ordered online can be collected in department stores or branches of Waitrose, while shoppers can return online purchases of clothes and shoes at a network of 5,000 convenience stores and petrol stations across the UK. Hotel Chocolat, the fast-growing confectionery chain, has gone down the fine wine route. It is engaging shoppers by putting labels on its bars that show the terroir , including the year of the harvest and the amount of time the beans spent roasting. It also raised £3.7 million by launching a bond whereby investors were repaid in bimonthly deliveries of chocolate.

In fact, all retailers are having to be increasingly inventive about how they think with some wonderful results. I was a judge for The Bookseller s awards earlier this month, in which dozens of retailers proved that the high street can still be a vibrant place. One small bookshop Linghams in the Wirral is so good at putting on events and editing its range to local tastes that a nearby branch of Tesco directs shoppers to it. And two years ago an entrepreneur called Amarjeet Singh opened 98p+ shops opposite Poundland branches, undercutting them by 2p.

Britain remains a nation of shopkeepers ones with enough ideas to see the high street through its current crisis, even if in altered form. But for that to happen, ministers and landlords need to stop wringing their hands about the internet, and start cutting the crippling costs that retailers are forced to pay.


Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium, The


Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium

The comments follow reports of incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants that supply British supermarkets

  • Emma Featherstone
  • Thursday 26 October 2017 13:32 BST

The Independent Online

British retail consortium

Tinned tomatoes on British supermarket shelves may contain tomatoes picked migrant workers facing labour abuses Thomas Martinsen / Unsplash

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged the Government to do more to ensure the welfare of supply chain workers, following reports earlier this week of labour abuses at factories that supply British supermarkets.

Earlier this week, The Guardian reported incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants – Mutti and Conserve Italia – which supply major British supermarkets with tinned tomatoes and passata.

The investigation involved fruit picking workers and reportedly began with the death of a Sudanese farm worker in the fields of Nardó, Southern Italy. The farm worker was reportedly hired under a so-called gangmaster system, that is in operation across the country’s agricultural sector, under which migrants are put into labour groups, which are then hired by Italian landowners.

British retail consortium

Supply chain transparency is key to ending worker exploitation

Peter Andrews, head of sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said in a statement: “This is a tragic case and we expect the Italian authorities to carry out a full investigation. Where laws have been broken we expect the perpetrators to be brought to justice.”

Mr Andrews added that the welfare of workers in supply chains was of upmost importance and that BRC members would investigate any allegations of malpractice. He said that retailers in the UK put in place mechanisms to protect their supply chains, including codes of conduct and training, but that this needs to be supported by “effective government enforcement of labour standards”.

The Guardian reported that Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi had said that Mutti and Conserve Italia’s brand Cirio have been benefitting from “conditions of absolute exploitation” in the country’s multibillion-pound tomato industry.

It reported that court documents had shown that migrants had been forced to work for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, on minimal wage, with no access to medical care picking fruit that would be used in the goods of companies supplying to supermarkets around the world.

Neither Mutti nor Conserve Italia was immediately available for comment when contacted by The Independent.


The real reason our shops are shutting up, british retail consortium.#British #retail #consortium


The real reason our shops are shutting up

British retail consortium

British retail consortium

8:19PM BST 28 May 2013

Another day, another report on the death of the high street. According to the Centre for Retail Research, the number of shops in Britain is predicted to fall by more than a fifth by 2018, blighting our town centres and suburban malls with a further 60,000 boarded-up stores. We are, it says, facing a crisis .

This is certainly true but one of the main problems when it comes to fixing it is that we re blaming the wrong things. The usual culprits suggested are the march of the big supermarket chains, the state of the economy, and above all the growth of the internet. Even the biggest names in retail are not immune: last week, Marks Spencer said that it won t build any more clothes stores in the UK after 2016, as sales migrate online. And the mighty Tesco has said that it is ditching more than 100 empty plots of land that it had jealously and expensively acquired to build giant hypermarkets , and will instead focus on the internet.

Certainly, the web has its part to play, as does the flatlining state of consumer spending. Yet according to retailers themselves, the biggest single reason why so many shops are closing down is because of rising financial demands from government, in the form of business taxes, and from landlords, in the form of rent.

Take Clapham Books, the sort of shop that every high street needs. Friendly, independent and so plugged into the community that it deserves its own seat on the council, this south London bookshop is being forced to close at the end of the summer and look for cheaper premises elsewhere. If people see an independent bookshop closing they assume it s because of Amazon and e-books, says Ed McGarry, the shop s manager. But it s not. You can figure ways around all those things. It s about rising rent and business rates.

In Clapham Books s case, a recent increase proposed by the landlord means that its rent will have quadrupled in 15 years. The same is happening all over the country. According to the British Retail Consortium, the overall cost of doing business for shopkeepers has risen from £96 billion to £116 billion since 2006. Looked at another way, costs have risen by 21 per cent against a sales increase of just 12 per cent. Even where rents have remained static, or fallen (as the British Property Federation claims they generally have), there s still the problem of business rates. These are partially set using that pernicious tool of government revenue-generation, the multiplier , adjusted every April in line with the previous September s inflation figure. So this year, rates rose by 2.8 per cent, adding £175 million to retailers bills overnight.

Related Articles

Of course, the internet is playing its part in the changing retail landscape. By 2018, a fifth of all sales will be online, and retailers of all sizes are being forced to adapt to ensure their long-term survival. As part of its reinvention, Tesco will not only focus on internet sales, but open more smaller shops. It also recently acquired Giraffe, the family restaurant chain, in recognition that its future is about giving people a day out rather than just luring them to a big shed full of products.

John Lewis, meanwhile, is offering consumers increasingly flexible ways to shop: goods ordered online can be collected in department stores or branches of Waitrose, while shoppers can return online purchases of clothes and shoes at a network of 5,000 convenience stores and petrol stations across the UK. Hotel Chocolat, the fast-growing confectionery chain, has gone down the fine wine route. It is engaging shoppers by putting labels on its bars that show the terroir , including the year of the harvest and the amount of time the beans spent roasting. It also raised £3.7 million by launching a bond whereby investors were repaid in bimonthly deliveries of chocolate.

In fact, all retailers are having to be increasingly inventive about how they think with some wonderful results. I was a judge for The Bookseller s awards earlier this month, in which dozens of retailers proved that the high street can still be a vibrant place. One small bookshop Linghams in the Wirral is so good at putting on events and editing its range to local tastes that a nearby branch of Tesco directs shoppers to it. And two years ago an entrepreneur called Amarjeet Singh opened 98p+ shops opposite Poundland branches, undercutting them by 2p.

Britain remains a nation of shopkeepers ones with enough ideas to see the high street through its current crisis, even if in altered form. But for that to happen, ministers and landlords need to stop wringing their hands about the internet, and start cutting the crippling costs that retailers are forced to pay.


Garden Centre Retail – The number one news source for UK Garden Centres: Garden Centre


Garden Centre Retail

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

British retail consortium

  • British retail consortium

Wyevale Garden Centre in Andover hosts royal opening

There was a right royal opening for a Wyevale garden centre in Andover s Christmas festivities last weekend. Carnival prince and princess, Frazer Foley and Chloe Winterbone, along with their attendants, joined Santa to cut the ribbon to officially open his grotto at Wyevale Garden Centre on Saturday, 18 November. The royal procession, including attendants Sophie Thomas and Lily Yates, and Father Christmas travelled to the Salisbury Road centre by horse and carriage before parading through the plant area to the grotto. Carnival ambassador, Iris Andersen, also attended the festive event with the royal party, she said: It was a magical

  • British retail consortium

    Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, Droitwich, ram raided by gang

    A popular Worcestershire Christmas attraction was targeted by a gang of ram raiding thugs. Webbs Garden Centre in Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, was struck by at least four offenders who used a stolen vehicle to force their way into the site to gain access to a cash machine. But the machine was empty. The stolen Hilux vehicle from the Tewkesbury area was left at the scene. The crime took place at about 11.30pm on Tuesday, November 28. The garden centre s main doors have been replaced with temporary doors and visitors were being asked to use an alternative door this morning. source

  • British retail consortium

    Santa arrived in style at Squire’s Garden Centres

    Santa swapped his traditional sleigh for various quirky forms of transport when he arrived at Squire’s Garden Centres last weekend. He arrived on a Double Decker Bus, Horse Carriage, Christmas Float, in Squire’s Heritage Van, an American Classic Car, and even in Lightening McQueen from the Disney film Cars! He came to greet crowds of excited children, and to open his Christmas Grotto. Customers and their little ones can meet Santa in his magical grotto at Squire’s Garden Centres this Christmas. As well as seeing the faces light up with joy and excitement when they see Santa and receive

  • British retail consortium

    Composite Prime launches HD Fence to rival traditional timber panels

    Wood plastic specialists, Composite Prime, has developed and launched HD Fence, a contemporary, durable solution for residential gardens and commercial boundaries. Developed using a unique composite material that combines FSC® 100% certified hardwood timber and recycled plastic, the product offers a much-needed alternative to timber fencing, renowned for breaking and becoming loose in the wind. The composite material is much more durable and low-maintenance than its timber counterpart, ensuring the fencing boards are anti-rot, sturdy and do not require painting or preservation treatments. Each board slots seamlessly into a multi-directional post and the easy-to-install solution also has a versatile retrofit

  • British retail consortium

    Perrywood Garden Centres celebrates winning GCA regional Christmas award

    Tiptree based garden centre, Perrywood, is celebrating success in The Garden Centre Association Awards 2017. The centre has been awarded ‘Best Destination Garden Centre in the region’ for Christmas. The award is in recognition of Perrywood’s stunning ‘Lost in the Forest’ Christmas experience. In addition to this, Perrywood featured in the top five destination garden centres in the whole of the UK. This year, the team at Perrywood has worked hard to deliver a Christmas experience which pulls out all the stops. Customers are immersed in festive cheer from the moment they pull into the car park and this theme


  • The real reason our shops are shutting up, british retail consortium.#British #retail #consortium


    The real reason our shops are shutting up

    British retail consortium

    British retail consortium

    8:19PM BST 28 May 2013

    Another day, another report on the death of the high street. According to the Centre for Retail Research, the number of shops in Britain is predicted to fall by more than a fifth by 2018, blighting our town centres and suburban malls with a further 60,000 boarded-up stores. We are, it says, facing a crisis .

    This is certainly true but one of the main problems when it comes to fixing it is that we re blaming the wrong things. The usual culprits suggested are the march of the big supermarket chains, the state of the economy, and above all the growth of the internet. Even the biggest names in retail are not immune: last week, Marks Spencer said that it won t build any more clothes stores in the UK after 2016, as sales migrate online. And the mighty Tesco has said that it is ditching more than 100 empty plots of land that it had jealously and expensively acquired to build giant hypermarkets , and will instead focus on the internet.

    Certainly, the web has its part to play, as does the flatlining state of consumer spending. Yet according to retailers themselves, the biggest single reason why so many shops are closing down is because of rising financial demands from government, in the form of business taxes, and from landlords, in the form of rent.

    Take Clapham Books, the sort of shop that every high street needs. Friendly, independent and so plugged into the community that it deserves its own seat on the council, this south London bookshop is being forced to close at the end of the summer and look for cheaper premises elsewhere. If people see an independent bookshop closing they assume it s because of Amazon and e-books, says Ed McGarry, the shop s manager. But it s not. You can figure ways around all those things. It s about rising rent and business rates.

    In Clapham Books s case, a recent increase proposed by the landlord means that its rent will have quadrupled in 15 years. The same is happening all over the country. According to the British Retail Consortium, the overall cost of doing business for shopkeepers has risen from £96 billion to £116 billion since 2006. Looked at another way, costs have risen by 21 per cent against a sales increase of just 12 per cent. Even where rents have remained static, or fallen (as the British Property Federation claims they generally have), there s still the problem of business rates. These are partially set using that pernicious tool of government revenue-generation, the multiplier , adjusted every April in line with the previous September s inflation figure. So this year, rates rose by 2.8 per cent, adding £175 million to retailers bills overnight.

    Related Articles

    Of course, the internet is playing its part in the changing retail landscape. By 2018, a fifth of all sales will be online, and retailers of all sizes are being forced to adapt to ensure their long-term survival. As part of its reinvention, Tesco will not only focus on internet sales, but open more smaller shops. It also recently acquired Giraffe, the family restaurant chain, in recognition that its future is about giving people a day out rather than just luring them to a big shed full of products.

    John Lewis, meanwhile, is offering consumers increasingly flexible ways to shop: goods ordered online can be collected in department stores or branches of Waitrose, while shoppers can return online purchases of clothes and shoes at a network of 5,000 convenience stores and petrol stations across the UK. Hotel Chocolat, the fast-growing confectionery chain, has gone down the fine wine route. It is engaging shoppers by putting labels on its bars that show the terroir , including the year of the harvest and the amount of time the beans spent roasting. It also raised £3.7 million by launching a bond whereby investors were repaid in bimonthly deliveries of chocolate.

    In fact, all retailers are having to be increasingly inventive about how they think with some wonderful results. I was a judge for The Bookseller s awards earlier this month, in which dozens of retailers proved that the high street can still be a vibrant place. One small bookshop Linghams in the Wirral is so good at putting on events and editing its range to local tastes that a nearby branch of Tesco directs shoppers to it. And two years ago an entrepreneur called Amarjeet Singh opened 98p+ shops opposite Poundland branches, undercutting them by 2p.

    Britain remains a nation of shopkeepers ones with enough ideas to see the high street through its current crisis, even if in altered form. But for that to happen, ministers and landlords need to stop wringing their hands about the internet, and start cutting the crippling costs that retailers are forced to pay.


    Applying Quality Management in Healthcare, Third Edition Amazon Беларусь #lung #cancer #case #study #books, #average


    #

    Quality in healthcare case studies

    Rating 3,9 stars – 927 reviews

    Quality in healthcare case studies

    Date: 18.08.2016, 23:39 They need to understand how to achieve quality within the structure and relationships of the complex system of a healthcare organization. In this new third edition, Kelly has enhanced the content to promote an understanding of systems thinking in. Written for both future and practicing professionals in healthcare organizations. Instructor Resources: PowerPoints, Test Bank. Детали Author: Sarmad Sadeghi Afsaneh Barzi Osama Mikhail M. Michael Shabot. Publication Date: Publisher: Jones Bartlett Learning Product Group: Book. An expanded Practice Lab with which readers can exercise newly learned quality techniques. A guide to using the CMS and Joint Commission quality indicators to improve systems of care. Additional case studies and exercises designed to individualize applications in. While still providing readers with the foundational concepts of quality management, she instructs readers on the system implications of understanding stakeholders and the role of policy, establishing goals in complex systems, improving and managing process change, performance measurement, and.

    Readers learn how to think critically using new frameworks, approaches, and tools and are given real-life examples and case studies to practice these skills. This edition features new and enhanced material, including: Alternative assumptions to traditional quality management tools.

    other

    Windows xp reports adapter as vgasave
    25.03.2017, 14:51

    Children: Geoffrey, b. 1916, Cardiff ; and Richard, b. Jun 6, 1919, Bella Vista, Glanmor Road, Sketty, Swansea, Glamorgan. Submitted (Jun 15, 2001) by: Annie Stuart AMBROSE, John, cabinet maker, b. The passengers must surely number among the most.

    An objective for a nanny resume
    16.05.2017, 17:59

    We need to respect and protect our environment so that we have safe and healthy air to breathe and we can live in a clean atmosphere. Finalizing your work Pay attention that even though your essay is fully written.

    Consumer reports on ati flights international
    05.05.2017, 23:56

    To check for merchants offering different prices to consumers based on. We found that airfares could vary considerably for flights just hours. The Air Travel Consumer Report is a monthly product of the Department of Transportation s Office of.

    Parts of the prosthesis
    30.11.2016, 11:02

    In reality, the knee is much more complex because the bone surfaces actually roll and glide as the knee bends. Current implant designs recognize the complexity of the joint and more closely mimic the motion of a normal knee.

    Goulden reports 2009
    25.05.2017, 11:29

    2 Address the recipient appropriately. A memo is a formal business communication, and you should address the reader formally as well. Use a full name and title of the person to whom you are sending the memo. Prior to.

    Новости

  • commonly voiced resistance statements
  • life changing story essay
  • cover letter content imperatives systems of accreditation for in Primary Care. Especially in healthcare. 450 pages. Product Group: Book Manufacturer: Health Administration Press Binding: Hardcover, kelly Publication Date: Publisher: shopping Health Administration Press. Наименьшая цена m – 85.90 Описание Quality management is a complex process, and outlines how it can assure the quality of care. Brand: Brand: Health Administration Press Features: Used Book in Good Condition Item Dimensions: Dimensions: 720L x 80W.This book explores accreditation through practical case studies and research findings, weight: 160 List Price: 98.00 ISBN. ASIN. Managers in today s environment need more than just an understanding of the historical concepts of quality.Детали Author: Diane L. About Google Books – Privacy Policy – Terms of Service – Blog – Information for Publishers – Report an issue.Sitemap – Google Home.Weight: 155 Package Dimensions: Dimensions: 1020L x 720W x 90H.

    насчет

    John McClelland s Co. Victor Bennet, George Brown, Charles Compton, William Conkling, John Hixon, James Nelson. Capt. Hays G. White s Co. William D. Annadell, Charles Brimmer, Jeremiah Dawson, Nathaniel Gale, Stephen Gestford, Levi Humphrey, James Jerrome, Daniel Muse, Walker Muse.


  • British Retail Consortium (BRC) Food Services #overstock #coupon #code


    #british retail consortium

    #

  • The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution has changed the energy world. Intertek has kept pace by providing crucial and timely exploration, production, quality, quantity inventory, compliance, certification, training, inspection and logistics support and expertise to an industry in radical transition.
  • Demand for non-destructive testing (NDT) has grown and Intertek is meeting the growing market for these services.
  • We are living a connected life, and Intertek works to ensure and optimize those connections via its testing services for the Internet of Things.
  • The world has rules, and Intertek’s constant and continuing work in regulatory compliance brings you the services you need to meet any and all regulatory standards.
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC) Food Services

    Food safety is of critical importance when working in the food supply chain. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification gives your brand an internationally recognised mark of food quality, safety and responsibility.

    Food safety is of critical importance when working at any stage of the food supply chain to protect consumers, meet legal obligations and safeguard your brand. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a globally recognised UK trade organisation. Which established a series standards to help companies comply with food safety legislation, and to provide guidelines for the manufacture of safe, quality food products. The standards soon became a worldwide benchmark for best practice in the food industry and have evolved into the internationally recognised BRC Global Standards.

    Intertek is a fully UK accredited certification body, authorised to carry out food safety audits and award BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification, Consumer Products and the IoP Packaging Standard. The BRC Standard demands high levels of compliance and the certification programme is wide ranging, including food safety planning, site and process controls, and gaining management buy in. You can also bolt-on the new BRC Food Safety Culture Excellence module to your next audit. As your partner, we can support and guide you through the whole process

    Gaining BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification gives your brand an internationally recognised mark of food quality, safety and responsibility. The programme is fully approved by the Global Food Standard Initiative (GFSI) and is designed to be efficient, reducing the need for multiple audits and helping you to improve your processes and save time and resources. Becoming part of more than 18,000 BRC certified manufacturers in 100 countries, you will benefit from increased consumer confidence and open your business to new opportunities.

    Send us a request

    Need help or have a question? +49 421 65727 390

    Food for Thought Webinar Series

    Register for our webinar series for key topics related to the food industry

    Upcoming Events:

    Meet with our global food experts and learn more about how Intertek can help your business succeed.

    Food Services Mailing List

    Need help or have a question?

    Send us a request

    +49 421 65727 390

    Asia Pacific +852 2173 8888 Americas +1 800 810 1195

    White Papers – Auditing & Certification

    MSC ASC Chain of Custody

    BRC FOOD ISSUE 7: Understanding the requirements to become certified

    What is Gluten-free Certification and its Labelling Requirements?

    Intertek Group plc

    Title


    BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standard for Food Safety #clothing #retailers


    #british retail consortium

    #

    BRC Standards

    BRC – Frequently Asked Questions:

    What is involved in the certification process?

    BRC certification requires a combined on-site document review and facility inspection conducted in the same visit. Audit duration for the average supplier typically requires two days for the onsite visit and an additional 1/2 to 1 day for off-site report writing and corrective action management. Total audit time is determined based on employee count, number of HACCP studies, complexity of processes, and facility square footage.

    How long is the certification valid and how often will we be audited?

    Audit results are graded based on the type and number of nonconformities cited. A company who achieves either an A or B grade must undergo annual audits of their system to maintain certified status. A company who achieves the minimum passing grade of a C must undergo a six month audit frequency until a higher grade is achieved. Future audits are conducted within the 28 day window prior to the six month or 12 month due date, which is based on the initial certification audit date.

    How do we get started?

    We highly recommend that you initiate a relationship with your certification body prior to completing the implementation of your system. This will help you plan for the certification process in terms of budgeting and scheduling. As part of the planning process, we also highly recommend a pre-assessment, both to assess your preparedness and to increase your overall chances of passing your initial certification audit the first time.

    To purchase copies of the BRC Global Standards please go to: www.brcbookshop.com


    British Retail Consortium – s clever game as it tackles business rates #coupon #website


    #british retail consortium

    #

    British Retail Consortium s clever game as it tackles business rates

    No tax is popular but few company levies have proved as contentious as business rates with the exception, perhaps, of Air Passenger Duty. However, finding ways to reform the controversial levy on commercial property, which accounts for around 5pc of the country s total tax take, was never going to be a straightforward task.

    Retailers clashed last year following calls by some for an online sales tax to level the playing field between internet companies and those that focus on selling their products through bricks and mortar stores. Other alternatives, such as increasing VAT, would be political suicide for any party in the run-up to the general election.

    Against that backdrop, John Rogers, chief financial officer of J Sainsbury, took on an unenviable task when he agreed to chair a group of retailers looking at how the outmoded business rates system could be brought into the 21st century.

    The four options set out on Tuesday by the group of British Retail Consortium (BRC) members are only embryonic the serious work of economic modelling will take place over the next few months. But the group s approach to the puzzle seems astute.

    By framing the four options in the politically palatable light of supporting businesses that focus either on reducing energy consumption, increasing employment or make a large contribution to the corporation tax chest, the BRC group is playing a clever game.

    Related Articles

    Within all of those options there is a juicy soundbite in the making for politicians who want to point out to their constituents that they want to help local businesses, by scrapping or reforming the unpopular business rates system in favour of a scheme that could lead to more local jobs or reward businesses that pay their fair share of UK corporation tax.

    Some of the options present new hurdles manufacturers have already given a frosty response to proposals for an energy-based tax but hats off to the BRC for bringing some fresh and big ideas to the table.

    Laudable search for feedback at the Co-op

    At first glance, Euan Sutherland s decision to ask the great British public what it wants and expects from the Co-operative Group is somewhat questionable.

    For here is an organisation that has spent much of the past 12 months in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. From banking black holes to vulture funds or alleged drug-taking Methodist ministers, the Co-op has had it all.

    And yet here it is, asking people who might have nothing to do with its shops or insurance business its questionnaire is open to all what it has done wrong. Given that the only criteria for the survey is to be over 16 and even that is not verified by the YouGov website that runs it the potential for high jinks and tomfoolery is high. In that light, Mr Sutherland s vow to publish the findings warts and all could yet come back to haunt him.

    But, in reality, what Mr Sutherland is trying to do is laudable.

    For too long, the Co-op has been beholden to a byzantine structure of governance apparently kowtowing to what the members want without actually asking them.

    A separate review by Lord Myners will help to blow the proverbial cobwebs from a governance perspective, but arguably the Co-op hasn t known what its members want for some time.

    Too few of its 7.8m members actually bother to vote in elections for its area committees, and less than 5pc voted on some resolutions at its last annual meeting.

    Mr Sutherland, who admittedly hails from the public company arena, is grappling with how to recast the Co-op for a truly modern age. He can draw up all the strategy reviews he likes, but without knowing how this uniquely customer-owned organisation wants to redistribute its profits or be seen to the wider world, he is on a hiding to nothing.

    The Co-op divi of old may well be dead, but that doesn t mean that the UK s largest mutual shouldn t be a force for good in the communities in which it operates.

    Tech City faces a wait for its first flotation

    The past two days have provided harsh lessons on the challenge Britain faces in its effort to create a bigger, sustainable technology sector.

    Plans by King, the London-based creator of the wildly popular smartphone game Candy Crush Saga, to float on the Nasdaq have received a cool reception. As The Telegraph revealed on Monday, the company s initial public offering is now on hold for at least a year, and may never happen.

    Similarly, it is now clear that Mind Candy, the creator of the children s online game Moshi Monsters, is a long way short of being a credible flotation candidate. Interest in the game has plunged and the company has been slow to adapt to the increasingly mobile online audience.

    Named in the Future Fifty , a Government-backed initiative to help British technology start-ups make it to the public markets, Mind Candy now lacks a growth story to sell.

    Yet the main problem with both King and Mind Candy, as far as public markets are concerned, is more fundamental even than that.

    Both companies rely on one hit game as the basis of most of their business. These are not technology companies, although they are sometimes presented and misunderstood as such. They have not invented a tool like Google s search engine or even a service like Facebook that the world will use for years and can be built upon as a business.

    Instead, King and Mind Candy are media companies with more in common with a film producer, except they have both so far had only one major box office success. No matter how popular Candy Crush Saga and Moshi Monsters are, or were, they cannot alone be the basis of sustainable public companies.

    Investors were therefore right to shy away from King until it can prove it can repeat its trick. It seems natural that the structure of the mobile and online gaming industry will come to resemble the TV and film industries, with small, creative companies supplying the steady stream of hits the big studios and their investors demand. King still has the chance to become one of those big studios, of course.

    But King and Mind Candy s problems are blows to Tech City, the technology cluster around Shoreditch, east London, where both are based. Most start-ups there fit into their digital media mould more than that of US technology giants. The cluster could be waiting for its first flotation for a while yet.


    British Retail Consortium #discount #shopping #websites


    #british retail consortium

    #

    • With flying colours every year
    • Certified for direct food contact labelling

    BRC Certification

    We Hold BRC certification at direct food contact level, which is the highest level for packaging and has now been held by Xpress for over 10 years.

    First achieved certification in February 2007 under Issue 2 Packaging and Packaging Materials B grade.

    We now hold High Hygiene Risk level, Grade AA, Issue 5 as of 12th May 2016.

    In the 10 audits we have passed since February 2007 we have had only 20 minor non-conformances in total. That is 20 minor non-conformances in well over 2400 clauses, or just slightly more than 99% success rate! Something we are extremely proud of, but also demonstrates our commitment to this standard.

    The standards sustained in ourlabel production facility are as close as possible to those set for a food production environment.

    Get in touch