Press Releases

Policy Exchange Report Claims Shop Theft Has Been ‘Decriminalised’

Written by Victoria Cummins

A report released today by the influential think tank Policy Exchange has suggested that shop theft has been ‘decriminalised’ because of a weak response from courts and police. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Shop theft is one of the biggest operational challenges retailers face and it’s frustrating when we see repeat offenders getting away […]

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Government Dismisses Select Committee Recommendations on Town Centre Planning

Written by Chris Noice

The Department for Communities and Local Government have disregarded many of the recommendations of the influential Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the operation of National Planning Policy Framework and ‘town centre first’ planning policy. The committee identified that the Government needed to do more to monitor town centre and out of town development and […]

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Trade Associations Unite to Publish Advice for Retailers About High Strength Alcohol Schemes

Written by Victoria Cummins

Two of the UKs leading trade associations have joined forces to produce new guidance for retailers on schemes run by local authorities that aim to voluntarily remove high strength alcohol from sale. The Association of Convenience Stores and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association have developed the advice following concerns raised about the approach of […]

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ACS Responds to National Minimum Wage Recommended Rise to £6.70

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Low Pay Commission, the body which advises the government on minimum wage, has recommended an increase to the current national minimum wage by 3% from £6.50 to £6.70. The increase, if accepted by the government, would come into effect in October 2015. ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “With inflation running at 0.5% and […]

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Local Shops Set Out Growth Agenda to Chancellor

Written by Chris Noice

In its submission to the Treasury ahead of the final Budget before the 2015 General Election, ACS has highlighted long term business rates reform, tackling the £1.3bn annual cost of duty fraud and minimising the negative impact of employment costs as the issues where local shops need to see immediate action to unlock more growth […]

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Ministers Tell Councils Town Centre Developments Must Come First

Written by Victoria Cummins

In a letter to local councils, Ministers have told planning officers to use powers in the National Planning Policy Framework to deliver retail investment in town centres. Clarification of planning policy has only previously been delivered by Ministers on controversial planning issues like Greenbelt developments. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “Our evidence has shown […]

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MPs Urged to Support Convenience Store Development in Empty Pubs

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has urged MPs to support the development of new convenience stores ahead of a debate on pub conversions. In a statement, the Department for Communities and Local Government said that they plan to ‘bring forward secondary legislation at the earliest opportunity so that in England the listing of a pub as an Asset of Community Value will trigger […]

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Minister Announces Plain Packaging Vote Ahead of General Election

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Government has confirmed that a vote on the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging will take place before Parliament breaks ahead of the General Election. Health Minister Jane Ellison announced during an evening adjournment debate on Wednesday that the measures would be laid before parliament. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “The tobacco display ban […]

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ACS Calls for Tougher Penalties for Repeat Shop Thieves

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called for a tougher stance on shop theft from police and the justice system after figures released today by the British Retail Consortium revealed that the cost of shop theft across the retail sector has increased. Recently published government data also reflects this trend, reporting that overall, there […]

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Home Office: Personal Licences Granted in Early 2005 Must be Renewed

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed the simplified process for personal licence renewals set out by the Home Office ahead of the implementation of the Deregulation Bill. The Deregulation Bill, which is currently before Parliament, intends to scrap the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every ten years. However, the passing of this Bill will […]

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