Press Releases

Convenience Sector Invests £177m over Last Three Months

Written by Chris Noice

New figures released today by the Association of Convenience Stores have shown that convenience retailers have invested £177m in their businesses in the period between February and May 2015. Overall, more than one in four stores (28%) surveyed said that they were planning to invest in their store, an increase on both 2014 (24%) and […]

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ACS Calls for Extended Primary Authority Scheme in Scotland

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has called for the development of Primary Authority partnerships in Scotland and for the inclusion of trade associations so small businesses can be fit too in response to a Scottish Government consultation on the scope of the schemes. In its response to the consultation, ACS has highlighted the success of existing Primary Authority partnerships administered […]

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ACS and SGF Call for Simpler Alcohol Licensing Rules in Scotland

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation and the Association of Convenience have today (24th June) submitted a joint response to the Scottish Parliament Health Committee’s call for evidence on the new Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill. The response opposes the provisions contained in the Bill to impose further restrictions on the advertising and […]

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Retailers Raise Concerns over Welsh Bag Charge Proposals

Written by Victoria Cummins

Local shops in Wales have raised concerns over proposals in the Environment (Wales) Bill that would see new regulations introduced on carrier bags and waste disposal. The Bill puts forward the following proposals: Increase the scope of the carrier bag charging regulations to allow Welsh Ministers to impose a mandatory charge on all types of […]

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ACS Elects Two New Members to Board

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Association of Convenience Stores is delighted to announce that Manchester retailer Paul Stone and Andy Cresswell (Deputy Chief Executive – Trading, Midcounties Co-operative)  have been elected to the Board of Directors as of this morning (17th June 2015). The ACS Board is comprised of representatives from the three streams of membership: independent retailers, symbol groups […]

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Scottish Grocers’ Federation and Association of Convenience Stores Oppose Bottle Return Scheme

Written by Victoria Cummins

The trade associations have today (17th June) submitted a joint response to the call for evidence from Scottish environment agency Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) on the feasibility of implementing a Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland. The deposit and return scheme is aimed at increasing recycling rates and reducing litter by encouraging consumers to […]

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Retailers Report Successful Compliance with Tobacco Display Ban Regulations

Written by Chris Noice

New research published by ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has revealed that over 90% of convenience retailers do not have concerns about their tobacco display ban compliance. The survey of over 1200 independent retailers across the UK revealed that 36% of stores in the sample had been visited by trading standards since the implementation […]

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ACS Welcomes Lords Pledge Over Legal Highs Guidance

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has welcomed assurances from Home Office Minister Lord Bates that clear guidance will be provided on the detail of how the Psychoactive Substances Bill will affect retailers. The Bill, introduced in this year’s Queen’s Speech, aims to ban the sale of psychoactive substances (otherwise known as legal highs) but there is currently a wide […]

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Local Shops Set Out Business Rates Reform Plans

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has set out its recommendations to Government on business rate reform to make the system fairer and help small businesses. In its submission, ACS highlights the inherent issues in the rates system that penalise retailers trying to expand and invest in their business. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: […]

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Local Shops Set Out Budget Priorities to Chancellor

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the chancellor to support the growth of convenience stores by taking action on employment, rates reform and duty fraud ahead of the summer 2015 Budget. In its submission to government ahead of the first Budget after the 2015 General Election, ACS has called for government to […]

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