Press Releases

Local Shops Welcome Small Business Lending Investigation

Written by Victoria Cummins

Local shops have welcomed the announcement from the Competition Markets Authority to conduct a full market investigation into lending to the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) market.  The investigation will look specifically at lending to SMEs and core products such as business current accounts. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the CMA decision […]

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ACS Announces New Chairman and Deputy Chairman

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has confirmed the appointment of Paul Hagon and Patrick Sewell as chairman and deputy chairman respectively. Paul and Patrick will take on leadership roles on the ACS Management Board from 1 November 2014, replacing current chairman Jonathan James and Vice Chairman Neil Turton who have been in post since November […]

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Crimestoppers and ACS Offer Reward for Information on Watford Retailer Murder

Written by Chris Noice

Crimestoppers and the Association of Convenience Stores offers reward of up to £10K for information on man wanted in connection with murder of Watford shop owner. Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the location, arrest and conviction of […]

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New Guides Added to ACS Assured Advice Scheme

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has published three new guides that form the latest additions to its Assured Advice scheme for convenience retailers. The new Guides provide definitive advice on Weights and Measures, Product Safety and Fair Trading. ACS Assured Advice is an innovative new scheme that allows ACS to provide advice on trading standards regulation that is definitive […]

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Retailers Call for Immediate Action to Reduce Burden of Business Rates

Written by Chris Noice

Convenience store retailers from across the UK have gathered in Westminster to call on Government to reform the system of business rates. The Association of Convenience Stores, a trade association of over 33,500 shops representing an industry worth over £35bn to the economy, has called for the following measures to make the business rates system […]

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ACS Raises Concerns over Auto Enrolment Pension Costs

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee into the auto enrolment pension scheme, raising concerns about the impact of the plans on the smallest businesses and their staff. The auto-enrolment process will see most convenience stores begin to enroll their staff in June 2015. Under the new […]

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Planning Minister Out of Answers on Town Centre First

Written by Victoria Cummins

Planning minister Brandon Lewis MP has admitted that Government does not monitor the effectiveness of planning rules designed to promote investment in town centres.   As part of an evidence session conducted by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, the former high streets Minister  told the Committee that town centre first planning rules were […]

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ACS Sets Out Plans for Inclusive Membership

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is holding an EGM on 4 December at which it will ask members to vote on changes to its constitution to allow any convenience store operator to become a member of the Association. ACS Chairman Jonathan James said: “As the market changes, we have found that our current constitution excludes many potential members, including […]

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ACS Unveils New Communications Team

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores), the trade association representing over 33,500 local shops, has announced two new appointments as part of a restructure of its public affairs and communications team Edward Woodall has been appointed as Head of Policy and Public Affairs and will lead ACS work across a portfolio of high profile issues. […]

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