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Do they know that failure to place ‘No smoking’ signs could result in a fixed penalty notice of pound;150, rising to pound;200 if not paid on time, and increased to pound;1,000 by the courts. Failing to prevent smoking in smoke-free premises is even more costly with fines of up to pound;2,000. It appears not every business has received the government information pack which included free posters so we have provided an information sheet for customers at reception.

Department sales for April make interesting reading against last year’s figures, revealing changes in customers buying thanks to the lack of rain, warm days and excellent Easter weather. Best news is an improvement in catering purchases, particularly fresh and chilled. Should this good weather continue as predicted into the summer, we will achieve the turn-around in catering we have been seeking for so long, providing July’s smoking ban doesn’t set back eating across the pub trade.

A heat wave will benefit the cider category. S N’s clever move to promote Bulmer’s Original on Party Ice Cube packs should see the ‘over ice brands’ forging ahead.

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