The cornerstone of society and every community ARE the ‘shopkeepers’. It has been said since Napoleon that Britain is a nation of shopkeepers.

Britain must become a “nation of shopkeepers” again, ministers have said amid concerns that entrepreneurship is dying because there are not enough “inspiring role models” in working class areas of the country.

The full financial structure of this country is based on the R.P.I – The Retail Price Index.

In the United Kingdom, the Retail Prices index or Retail Price Index (RPI) is a measure of inflation published monthly by the Office for National Statistics. It measures the change in the cost of a representative sample of retail goods and services.

In effect the whole country is relying on you.

Yet as a retailer you face daily, if not hourly struggles in ensuring you have a successful retail business. YBRAG will face those struggles with you and overcome them. You face continuous demands on your finances and time to protect your business from all areas. YBRAG will face them with you and guide and steer you to ensure your business is strong, safe, protected and growing.

Sadly below are a selection of headlines that directly affect you.

“Nipping out for a pint of milk or some cat food might not be quite so easy in the future, as the number of convenience stores fell sharply last year.”

“Corner shops are the slowest growing segment in the overall grocery market during the past five years, with an annual growth rate of 3.2%, compared to supermarkets at 4.9% and discount retailers at 7.2%.”

Click to read the article “War of convenience as supermarket chains takes on small stores.”


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As you read and reflect and consider about becoming a member of YBRAG the benefits are limitless for you. YBRAG has been designed for you by a successful experienced retailer and an experienced retail crime consultant.

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Security matters – Protect Your Store

Finally these headlines may be stark, but they are reality and they affect you.

1,200 lit fireworks explode in shop after being hurled inside by yobs

 The Daily Mirror described how 1,200 lit fireworks exploded into flames after being thrown inside a shop door.

A terrified shop assistant was almost blinded as he entered the smoke-filled room and tried to save his colleague who had become trapped in there.

Sanjaya Wickramage, 43, was in the storeroom of the Go Local Extra store, in Bootle, Merseyside, when he heard the shop bell being rung by his 18 year old co-worker for assistance. He ran into the shop to see it clouded with smoke and whilst trying to save her from the fireworks he ended up getting his left eye scalded.

He said: “I was in the storeroom doing some work when my colleague rang the bell for me to come and help her. By the time I came out the fireworks were in the shop and it was full of smoke. It was terrifying because I couldn’t see anything. I tried to save the girl who worked with me that night and ended up getting my eye burnt by the fireworks.”

An ambulance attended the scene and paramedics treated Sanjaya. The box, which let off 1,200 rounds of fireworks, was thrown into the doorway at around 8.40pm on November 5.

Shop owner Shiva Chelvan told the Mirror: “I am frightened; my colleagues are also scared all of the time and the customers are scared to come into the shop. We have lost out on sales because of this.”

The incident caused £500 worth of damage and a loss in sales whilst the shop was cleaned up.

Shiva believes that he knows the youths that carried out the attack and claims they are regular customers. He added: “We have had no issues or arguments with them or anything, so I don’t know why they did that.”

Four fire engines attended the scene but the fire had already been extinguished by Shiva before the fire-fighters arrived.

Britain’s police budgets to lose £700m by 2020, amid rising crime

Police will have £700 million less a year to fight crime in the coming years, and fewer officers too, despite forces already being under “significant stress”, the emergency services watchdog warned the Guardian.

According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services, all forces will spend £12.3 billion in 2017/18, but that is projected to fall by 6 per cent to £11.6 billion by 2020/21. Police chiefs said they needed more than £400 million extra a year to stem rising demands, including relating to increasing crime, and, if rebuffed, could have to cut officers and further ration services, they said.

While the budget declines, officer numbers will fall, by just under 3,000 to 120,217 by 2020/21, with police staff numbers falling too, an overall further cut in the workforce of 2 per cent.

The inspectorate said that in the last year there was an 11 per cent rise in recorded crime, from 60 crimes per 1,000 people in England and Wales, to 67 offences per 1,000 people.

Mike Cunningham from the inspectorate said it was the first time his organisation had given such a stark warning about the strain police were under. “From speaking to staff and officers throughout every police force in England and Wales, we can see that policing is under significant stress.”