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Budget 2018: where is the desire to reform?

Phil Mullis

29 October 2018

The Budget delivered some help for the High Street and this is welcome for many in retail. However, despite some short term relief there was no evidence of looking to reform an archaic business rates system. Highlights The Budget’s main … Read More >>

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How about a business rates fix Mr Chancellor?

Phil Mullis

24 October 2018

It is nearly time for the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget and many of us in the retail sector are wondering what it will contain – particularly in relation to Business Rates. Fairer bricks and mortar business rates Business rates are a … Read More >>

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Online traders to review tax obligations following US court ruling

Geoff Collis

26 July 2018

Businesses operating via online platforms to sell goods into the US could now face new taxation laws, regardless of whether or not they are based there. Until recently, companies selling goods to customers in the US did not have to … Read More >>

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Sainsbury’s and Asda merger – the bigger the better?

Phil Mullis

30 April 2018

Plans to merge two of the big four supermarkets were announced this weekend. But, whilst an Asda-Sainsbury’s merger could create a supermarket giant better for business and better for shareholders, will it be better for the customer? Erosion of market … Read More >>

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Company Voluntary Arrangement: remedy or cure for retailers’ ills?

David Tann

23 March 2018

The recent Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) of fashion chain, New Look, Carpetright apparently also looking to follow suit and House of Fraser and Mothercare reporting problems, the retail landscape is heading for further unrest. What is a CVA? How do … Read More >>

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Toys R Us: Is it time retailers learnt a different game?

David Tann

06 March 2018

It has been a gloomy start to 2018 across the UK retail landscape. We recently heard the news that electronics retailer, Maplin, and international toy retailer, Toys R Us, had both fallen into administration following a struggle to keep up … Read More >>

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Retailers: VAT treatment of vouchers to change

Mark Doherty

16 February 2018

Changes to the VAT treatment of vouchers on 1 January 2019 will impact many retailers and re-sellers. Therefore, it is recommended that retailers are aware of ways they may be affected and ensure they are paying the right amount of … Read More >>

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Is it time to change the way we retail?

Phil Mullis

13 February 2018

The latest retail sales statistics have delivered disappointing results for December 2017. Despite a decrease in purchase quantity compared to the previous month, there was a small 0.4% growth overall in the last three months of 2017. Whilst all other … Read More >>

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Predictions for retail in 2018

Phil Mullis

08 January 2018

Happy New Year! What a year we are expecting it to be, with everything from a Royal baby to further Brexit negotiations. Nevertheless, eyes are also on retail as we continue to see how a backdrop of inflation and low … Read More >>

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A retailers budget compendium

Phil Mullis

22 November 2017

This morning we published a request to the Chancellor in the form of a shopping list from the retail sector – and it looks as though one of the wishes was granted. Business rates The main concern was surrounding business rates … Read More >>

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