How to become a Newsagent

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Independent newsagents supply daily, weekly, Sunday, local and national newspapers, as well as magazines, cigarettes, sweets and soft drinks. Many also supply lottery tickets, greeting cards, stationery and services such as PayPoint terminals where mobile phones can be topped up or household bills can be paid. Newsagents take delivery of newspapers from as early as 5am and are typically open for business from around 6am or earlier, with the bulk of their newspaper stock usually having been sold by around 10am. Most newsagents offer a paper delivery service in their local area.

Newsagents are highly regulated under legislation governing food safety, tobacco and firework retailing, the prevention of underage sales and health and safety.

This profile provides information about starting up as an independent newsagent. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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