Press Releases

Sunday Trading Changes Set to Damage High Streets

Written by Chris Noice

Plans to devolve Sunday trading regulations to local authorities have been condemned by the Association of Convenience Stores as damaging to high streets. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Changing Sunday trading regulations will not help the high street; it would actually damage small high street stores as trade would get diverted to large out of […]

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ONS Crime Figures Reveal Highest Level of Shop Theft Since 2003

Written by Chris Noice

The Office for National Statistics have released its annual figures on shoplifting, revealing the highest volume of shop theft since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003. The figures show that there were over 9,000 more incidents of shop theft in the year ending September 2015 when compared with the previous year. […]

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ACS Highlights Impact of Living Wage Ahead of Committee Debate

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has briefed MPs on the impact of the introduction of the National Living Wage ahead of a delegated legislation committee debate on the topic today (Monday). In evidence submitted to the Low Pay Commission in 2015 and to the Treasury ahead of the Autumn Statement in December, ACS called […]

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Crimestoppers and ACS offers reward of up to £10K for information on spate of robberies across Birmingham

Written by Leah Myers

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information on a man responsible for a spate of robberies across Birmingham and the Black Country. The area has seen a total of 12 robberies committed over an eight month period between 30 March and […]

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ACS Welcomes Select Committee Inquiry into Business Rate Proposals

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed the announcement of a Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the Government’s proposals to devolve rate setting powers to local authorities. The Inquiry will examine the Government’s proposals to allow local authorities to retain 100 per cent of the full stock of business rates by 2020, to cut business rates, […]

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ACS Welcomes Cap on Interchange Fees

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has welcomed the introduction of a cap on the fees that banks charge retailers for accepting debit and credit cards. Interchange fees are charged by a card holder’s bank to a retailer for both debit and credit card transactions. The new rules state that fees will be capped at 0.3 per cent for credit card […]

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ACS Calls for Strong Town Centre First Policy in Wales

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on proposed changes to Planning Policy in Wales, calling for the retention of robust town centre first planning policy. In the submission, ACS, which represents over 3,000 stores in Wales, has called for the sequential test in planning decisions to be a […]

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Autumn Statement Reaction: Uncertainty over Future of Business Rates

Written by Chris Noice

The Association of Convenience Stores has reacted to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, welcoming the extension of small business rate relief but raising concerns about business rates devolution and the lack of detail on overall rate reform. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to extending small business rate relief in 2016; this […]

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