About ACS

ABOUT SMALLACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is the voice of over 33,500 local shops, supporting our members through effective lobbying, comprehensive advice and innovative networking opportunities.

ACS’ core purpose is to lobby Government on the issues that make a difference to local shops. We represent the interests of retailers on a range of issues, including business rates, energy, regulation, planning, alcohol and many more. All of our submissions to Government can be found here. In 2012, we expanded this lobbying activity to provide authoritative information about the convenience sector through a number of research projects

Our membership includes a diverse range of convenience store retailers, from stand-alone family run independent stores to symbol groups to multiple convenience stores. These retailers operate in neighbourhoods, villages, on petrol forecourts and in city centres. Our corporate members are listed here  

ACS also provides networking and events packages for suppliers. These leading companies are invaluable supporters of ACS and the wider convenience sector. More information about the suppliers who support ACS is available at the following links:

Premier ClubClubAssociate

Breach of UK or European competition and other laws is treated very seriously by ACS

In the event that staff, members or other stakeholders of ACS become aware of unlawful or inappropriate information sharing or agreements between or involving members of ACS or any other activity which may be illegal or unethical and which in any way arise from activities or practices within ACS, the Chief Executive or Audit Committee Chairman should be notified using the contact details below. Any such communication will be treated in the strictest confidence.

James Lowman: james.lowman@acs.org.uk Tel. 01252 515001
Chris Mitchener: member@mitchener.freeserve.co.uk Tel. 07831 159450


ACS is run by its members for its members. The committees are made up of ACS members and staff members who are allocated to provide advice and support. We have a number of Committees who meet on a regular basis and set the overall direction of the Association, and decide on policy matters.


ACS Boards

Overall strategy and responsibility for the running of ACS rests with the main Board. This comprises a balance of independents, multiples and affinity groups (symbol groups and other trading or representative groups), plus a member of ACS' Premier Club who ensures the suppliers’ views are properly represented on the Board.