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The journey from simply running stores to operating a seamless multi-channel business is a very painful and extremely long (and getting longer it seems). It also requires support and commitment from the very top management team.
As the focus continues on the issue of obesity of the UK's children, new steps are being taken by the regulators to address this issue. For example, in the context of advertising, on 25 February 2014 the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) an
Stephen Panton, Senior Associate in our Health, Safety and Environmental team attended RenewableUK's 10th annual health & safety conference at the iconic Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 29 January 2014.
Consumer Price Index measure of inflation dropped to two per cent, this is the first time inflation has been at two per cent since November 2009.
The message from the Investment Property Forum's annual outlook was one of positivity. Listening to presentations from three key players in the market, it is clear that there is now evidence of tangible economic recovery in the UK which in turn i
Every New Year brings a number of New Year resolutions for individuals, whether it be fitness regimes or giving up alcohol for January. The same should also be true of businesses, particularly as 2014 will be a strange year for both politics and
It has just been announced that the Society of Lloyd's has signed a formal cooperation agreement with the Prudential Regulation Authority covering the information sharing obligations between the two bodies, with the aim of avoiding unnecessary dup
Today's decision of the Court of Appeal in Mitchell v News Group International has confirmed that the courts will uphold robust decisions concerning the new civil litigation rules for costs budgeting.
New draft Regulations which will allow a range of commercial activities to be consented as nationally significant developments under The Planning Act 2008, rather than The Town and Country Planning Act process, have now been published.
The DCMS has announced further deregulation measures so that certain activities can take place without the need for a licence.
Much criticism has been levelled at the UK for its current 20% VAT rate which is said to be hampering the growth of the tourism and hospitality sector.
One of the Hospitality industry's major campaigns – that of facilitating access to the United Kingdom – received a major boost this week with the announcement by the Chancellor, George Osborne that Visa applications for Chinese visitors entering the UK will be simplified.
From in-store "theatre" initiatives, to restructuring teams to bring online and store together, retailers are having to be more innovative than ever in their multi-channel strategies to drive footfall and maximise
The Court concluded that there was merit in the case advanced by the objectors that the Scottish Ministers had failed to take proper account of their obligations under the Wild Birds Directive.
Do you need to obtain a generating licence before you can be granted a section 36 consent? For many years section 36 consents have been granted to applicants who do not hold a generating licence, but a recent ruling of the Court of Session in Sco
We reported back in April that Unitech's application to change its case to include an allegation of an implied representation based on manipulation of LIBOR had failed.
On 3 October the much delayed Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill was finally published. Originally entitled the Sustainable Procurement Bill, it introduces new public procurement rules aimed at improving public sector purchasing of goods, works a
The economy’s vital signs are starting to pick up, but the process industry is not out of danger yet.
Our retail property specialist Anna Robbins discusses the issues and opinions arising from the BCSC annual conference.
Following the publication of their response to their consultation on their Alcohol Strategy, the Government has today announced a consultation on whether personal licences in England and Wales, issued under the Licensing Act 2003, should be abolished.
The financial transaction tax, or FTT, is a tax the EU is trying to develop, very broadly, with a view to making the financial markets pay for the cost of the financial crisis.
Retailers, be warned! The OFT's originally relatively low-key review of the current Pricing Practice's Guide, published in 2010 by the Department for Innovation & Skills has now seemingly become an all-out offensive, following its somewhat aggressive declaration on the Friday before the August Bank Holiday weekend. This latest announcement has put the issue of pricing practices well and truly back in the spotlight.
In a well-publicised initiative, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has announced that they will be carrying out a week of action on licensing and alcohol related harm during the week of 16th – 22nd September.
As anticipated in our article of 18 June 2013, the Financial Times article on 29 May suggesting that the Government was considering relaxing the ban on facilitation payments for SMEs was nothing more than hot air.