North east based convenience operator Bells Stores is the first convenience retail partner to have signed up to offer Connexions card holders special deals. Bells md Richard Collins said: "We have not decided on the details of what we will offer. It might not be a cash discount, perhaps something like buy one item and get another free." Collins said the extension of the Connexions card as a proof of age scheme was a good development for retailers, but said there would still be confusion because the card did not display the holder's age. Retailers would have to calculate age from date of birth. He said: "We are keen to get involved. Proof of age is the biggest single problem for retailers and Connexions is certainly a step in the right direction." {{NEWS }}