Modern Slavery Statement

for Financial Year 2019/20

This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that McColl’s has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.

Our business

McColl’s Retail Group is a leading neighbourhood retailer in the independent managed sector, operating 1,443 convenience stores and newsagents. We operate 1,263 McColl’s branded UK convenience stores as well as 199 newsagents branded Martin’s, except in Scotland where we operate under our heritage brand, RS McColl. In the past few years we have substantially grown our estate, principally through acquisition. We serve communities right across the UK and most of our stores are close to residential areas, in neighbourhoods and villages where customers really value all that our stores offer.

Our policies

We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

Our suppliers

McColl’s operates with a small number of preferred suppliers. We undertake due diligence on our preferred suppliers, to ensure they have not been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery. Our policy on anti-slavery is reflected in any new contract with a supplier and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.

When considering contracting with a new supplier, we expect:

We undertake due diligence on our preferred suppliers to ensure that they have not been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery.


Approval for this statement

This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 20 February 2020.

Robbie Bell

Chief Financial Officer

This statement applies to all companies in the McColl’s Group including the following wholly owned subsidiaries: Martin McColl Limited; Martin Retail Group Limited; Dillons Stores Limited; and Smile Stores Limited. These subsidiaries therefore do not publish individual modern slavery statements.


Download the statement here