Press Releases

ACS Welcomes Consolidation of Minimum Wage Regulations

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has welcomed the proposed consolidation of minimum wage regulations as an important step in ensuring that retailers understand how the laws on the national minimum wage affect their business. In its submission to the Government consultation, ACS has highlighted the importance of clear, concise regulations for convenience store owners – many of which will […]

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MPs Raise Concerns About Effectiveness of Town Centre First Policy

Written by Victoria Cummins

MPs have raised question about the effectiveness of the planning system to direct new retail investment in town centres during an oral evidence session on the National Planning Policy Framework.  John Pugh MP for Southport and member of the Communities and Local Government Selection Committee referenced ACS’ (the Association of Convenience Stores) report ‘Retail Planning […]

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ACS Unveils 2014 Local Shop Report

Written by Victoria Cummins

The 2014 Local Shop Report has revealed the vital contribution that local shops make to the UK economy and the investment in services that continues to drive growth in the sector. Published today, the report offers brand new information about the diverse range of services that stores offer to their communities as well as key […]

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Plain Packaging: Business Impact Must be Properly Assessed in UK

Written by Victoria Cummins

In response to a study on plain packaging in Australia, ACS has reiterated its call to the Department of Health to look closely at the operational impact that tobacco plain packaging would have on retailers and other businesses in the UK. The study, published by BMJ Open, found “no evidence of the major unintended consequences […]

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Lowman: Sunday Trading Regulations an ‘Enduring Compromise’

Written by Chris Noice

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman has appeared on BBC radio and television to discuss the retention of current Sunday Trading regulations. Speaking on Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast this morning on the 20 year anniversary of the introduction of the Sunday trading rules, Mr Lowman spoke of the important compromise that balances economic, social […]

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ACS Welcomes HMRC Pledge to Work With Licensing Authorities

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a new crackdown on the illicit trade in tobacco and alcohol announced by HM Revenue and Customs. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “We believe that any retailer who sells non-duty paid alcohol or tobacco should be subject to the full force of the law. This new […]

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Opus Energy Commit to Ending Rollover Contracts

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed an announcement from energy company Opus on plans to stop the use of rollover contracts. In an announcement posted on the company’s website, Opus state that will cease offering the automatic rollover contracts to all new customers as of October 2014. All existing customer contracts will stop auto-renewal by Spring 2015. Opus […]

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Citizens Advice Survey Highlights Continuing Issues in Energy Market

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed new evidence from Citizens Advice on small business energy contracts, and has renewed its call on Ofgem to ensure that all energy companies adhere to the same standards. The survey from Citizens Advice reports that 46% of small businesses are concerned about their electricity bills, compared with 16% who were worried about access […]

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ACS Responds to Alcohol Health Lobby Manifesto

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the 2015 Manifesto published by the All Party Group on Alcohol Misuse. The Group, which is a forum for MPs and Peers sympathetic to the policy objectives of alcohol health campaigners, has set out a ten point wish list of measures they would like to see imposed by the next Government. […]

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Government Urged to Reconsider Plans for Tobacco Plain Packs

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has called on the Department of Health to look again at the operational impact that plain tobacco packaging would have on retailers. In its submission, ACS raises concerns that the operational burdens of standardized packaging on retailers have not been fully considered. ACS argues that the removal of branding on tobacco products would make […]

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