Press Releases

New Guidance for Retailers on Psychoactive Substances Regulations

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has published new guidance ahead of the Psychoactive Substances Act coming into force on May 26th. The primary purpose of the new legislation is to stop the sale of items that are commonly known as ‘legal highs’. However, the Act will also have implications for responsible retailers, which in many cases will sell potentially […]

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ACS Calls on Retailers to Complete National Living Wage Survey

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched its 2016 National Living Wage and Minimum Wage survey as part of its evidence gathering process for a submission to the Low Pay Commission. The Commission have been tasked with looking at the impact of the introduction of the £7.20 rate for staff aged 25 and over […]

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ACS Opposes Tobacco Registration Scheme; Calls for Effective Measures to Tackle Illicit Trade

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Government’s consultation on the introduction of a tobacco licensing scheme for England, calling on them to scrap the scheme in favour of targeted measures to reduce the illicit tobacco trade. In the submission, ACS has called for trading standards officers to have more powers to […]

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ACS Launches New Guidance for Retailers on Tobacco Legislation Changes

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has produced comprehensive new guidance for retailers on the upcoming changes to tobacco retailing coming into force as part of the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive and Standardised Packaging legislation. From this Friday (20th May 2016), manufacturers will only be able to produce tobacco in standardised packaging and in a minimum pack size of […]

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ACS Welcomes New Planning Rules Supporting Local Shops

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Government’s response to a consultation on removing barriers to business growth in the planning system. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We are pleased that the Government has recognised the need for reform of the planning system to support high street businesses and other local shops. […]

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Local Shops Expect Improved Sales, but Staff Cut after Living Wage Hike

Written by Leah Myers

New research of independent retailers by ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has revealed improved sales performance on previous quarters, and growing optimism about future sales.  However, retailers are cutting back staff hours as they come to terms with the introduction of the national living wage. The convenience sector employs over 407,000 staff throughout the […]

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