In Brief

02 April, 2010

ACS heads wage rise warningThe Association of Convenience Stores has warned the decision to increase the minimum wage for adults by 2.2% to £5.93 will threaten job creation in the retail sector. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “Throughout his Budget speech the Chancellor stressed the need to support the economic recovery and not to threaten jobs. We know that when faced with increases in the minimum wage retailers will cut back on jobs and hours so we think this is an ill-judged decision.”??Importers back Spanish beerDrinks importers Amathus and the Morgenrot Group are hoping to cash in on consumer interest in world beers with Spanish beer brand Alhambra. Morgenrot will assume responsibility for UK bonding and national distribution and Amathus will focus on driving growth in the south east. The Alhambra range to be distributed includes Alhambra Premium Lager (4.6% abv), dark lager Alhambra Negra (5.4% abv), Alhambra Especial (5.4% abv), Alhambra Reserva (6.4% abv) and Alhambra Mezquita (7.2% abv).

Beer acknowledges servicemenThe regimental benevolent fund of an infantry battalion serving in Afghanistan is to receive part of the profits from the sale of Wolf Brewery’s Hero. The family-owned brewery in Norfolk is donating 10p per bottle sold. It is available in more than 300 outlets, including regional branches of Tesco and the brewer recently installed a bottling plant to widen its sales reach.

BII awards Clarke fellowshipThe BII has made Hook Norton’s managing director James Clarke a Fellow of the organisation, the highest grade of BII membership. Clarke has gained the necessary qualifications and experience according to its eligibility criteria.

Gladman takes on Diageo rolePhilip Gladman has been appointed marketing director for Diageo GB. He will be responsible for the brand, category and responsible drinking marketing agenda, and will commence his role in June.

Skillsmart training offeredSkillsmart Retail and Retail Trust are urging off-licences to apply for 10 management training scholarships worth nearly £2,000 each. The funded places at the Oxford Summer School on August 21-27 have been made available exclusively to independents for the first time this year. Email for more information.

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