Grover and Out – JTI takes action against Slough retailer
Oct11

Grover and Out – JTI takes action against Slough retailer

   JTI has removed its tobacco gantry from Grover Superstore in Canterbury Avenue, Slough following the decision taken by Slough Borough Council to revoke the store’s Premises Licence. Evidence presented to the Council’s Licencing Sub-Committee by Slough Trading Standards showed repeated seizures of illegal tobacco. Charlie Cunningham-Reid, UK Head of Corporate Affairs commented: “JTI has again demonstrated its commitment to take...

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Gantry unit removed from Nottingham retailer convicted of illegal tobacco-related offences
Sep28

Gantry unit removed from Nottingham retailer convicted of illegal tobacco-related offences

    A Nottingham retailer has had his tobacco gantry unit removed by Imperial Tobacco after being convicted for offences including the selling of non-duty paid tobacco.   Paul Taylor, whose premises ‘Flowers By Scrumpys’ on Burton Road, Gedling, was jailed for 28 months by magistrates. His conviction meant he was in breach of our conditions of supply, and Imperial therefore removed our gantry from his premises yesterday morning. The...

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UK illegal tobacco market media highlights: August 2017
Sep18

UK illegal tobacco market media highlights: August 2017

  The owner of an unnamed shop in Normanton has been handed a suspended prison sentence and fined £10,000 after 458,360 illicit cigarettes and 2kg of hand-rolling tobacco were seized from various properties. The overall value of the seized tobacco was £120,000. Reported on Derby Telegraph (1 August 2017)   A Newport shopkeeper has been ordered to pay £255,000 through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) for the sale and handling of...

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IMPERIAL TOBACCO ANNOUCES WINNERS OF FCT 123! WHOLESALE COMPETITION
Sep16

IMPERIAL TOBACCO ANNOUCES WINNERS OF FCT 123! WHOLESALE COMPETITION

Earlier in the year, Imperial Tobacco’s ‘FCT 123!’ competition – in conjunction with our best-selling Gold Leaf JPS roll your own (RYO) brand – offered independent retailers across the UK the opportunity to win prizes totaling £15,000. We’re now delighted to announce the winning stores as follows:   1st place – £10,000: Best One, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham   2nd place – £3,000: Premier Stores, Bacup, Lancashire   3rd...

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THIRD IGNITE NATIONAL AWARDS LIGHT UP O2
Sep16

THIRD IGNITE NATIONAL AWARDS LIGHT UP O2

Imperial Tobacco’s third annual ignite awards celebrated a fantastic 2017 with a glittering ceremony last Friday at the Intercontinental O2, where the stars of the UK’s independent retail industry were recognised for their hard work and successes across six hard-fought categories.   The evening commenced with a celebration of some of Imperial Tobacco’s most iconic brands, where visitors were able to interact with products and...

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UK illegal tobacco market highlights for June.
Jul21

UK illegal tobacco market highlights for June.

 UK illegal tobacco market highlights for June. M&S  News – Birmingham The former owner of M&S News in Birmingham has been ordered to pay £228,737 through a POCA order or face two years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 offences in relation to selling illegal tobacco. 6,328 packs of cigarettes and 692 packs of RYO were found hidden at the store, and, following a further conviction in October 2015, JTI removed the...

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