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The Values Behind a Brand

A recurring theme in many of our profiles of retailers has been the need for village shops to combine and balance the often conflicting requirements of a farm shop and convenience store. Rural customers usually want to be able to buy high-quality local products alongside the big … [Continue reading...]


Another Hidden Advantage for the Big Boys?

Smaller shops are caught in the crossfire of the ferocious price wars between the big supermarkets. This is a situation where being big makes life easier. If you are ordering product by the lorry load you are in a far better bargaining position than if you are buying one case at … [Continue reading...]

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RSA Views & Opinion

The Future of Employment

In a recent speech on a theme of ‘opportunities for all’ David Cameron focused heavily on the issue of low pay and in-work benefits. He referred to the current system as a “merry-go-round”. Those … Continued reading

Marcus Williams, Canon Pyon Stores

Canon Pyon Stores – The View From Behind The Counter

By Marcus Williams, Canon Pyon Stores Well, Ken Parsons asked me to write something for the RSA. He said he might live to regret it, I cannot imagine why. I thanked him for asking me to do … Continued reading

Business rates review: terms of reference and discussion paper

RSA Submission: Business Rates Review

The Rural Shops Alliance is a trade Association representing the views of a wide range of rural retailers. Our members include petrol filling stations, post offices, specialist food stores and … Continued reading

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Consultation with Devon & Cornwall Rural Shops on Low Pay

The Rural Shops Alliance (RSA) is working with the Low Pay Commission in setting up a consultation event in the Plymouth area on the 11th or 12th June. We wish to recruit some rural shops from … Continued reading

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