In Brief

09 March, 2007

Responsible conference date

OLN and sister magazines the Morning Advertiser and M&C Report will host the second annual Responsible Drinks Retailing Conference at London's Sheraton Park Lane Hotel on March 20. Speakers include Adrian Studd of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Derek Allen of LACORS, Jeremy Beadles of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association , Philip Loring of Thresher and Tesco's Dan Jago. To find out more visit or call 01293 867645.

Minimum wage to rise again

The minimum wage will rise by 17p an hour from October, bringing the rate up to £5.52 The Low Pay Commission's recommendations were accepted by Alistair Darling, the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry on March 7. Pay for 18 to 21-year-olds will rise to £4.60 per hour and for 16 and 17-year-olds to £3.40 an hour. Employers who fail to pay the minimum wage can face prosecution and risk a criminal record and a £5,000 fine.

Green plans for bags

Members of the British Retail Consortium have pledged to cut the environmental impact of carrier bags by 25 per cent by the end of 2008 . BRC environment policy director Nigel Smith said: "Retailers are already using and developing alternative materials and trialling bigger bags . They want to take that further."

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