Press Releases

Tobacco Smuggling Strategy Needs More Ambitious Targets

Written by Chris Noice

HMRC and The UK Border Force have released a new tobacco smuggling strategy this week; “Tackling illicit tobacco: From leaf to light”.  The new strategy highlights that revenue loss from illegal tobacco stands at £2.1 billion however the Government states its medium term ambition is to “hold the cigarettes illicit market share at or below […]

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ACS Welcomes Age Restrictions on Nicotine Inhaling Products

Written by Chris Noice

The House of Lords have approved the draft Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015. This will mean that from the 1st October 2015, it will be illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in England and Wales. The regulations will: Make it an offence to sell […]

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ACS Calls for Positive Measures to Support the High Street

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the Royal Society for Public Health’s report on the high street, calling for positive measures to support innovation on the high street instead of regulatory interventions. The report, “Health on the High Street” released today, focuses much of its attention on restricting the activity of fast food outlets, betting shops and […]

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ACS Warns of Impact of Above Inflation Minimum Wage Increase

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has warned that the above inflation 3% increase in the adult National Minimum Wage to £6.70 will have a negative impact on staffing and investment levels in the convenience sector. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We are disappointed with the increase in the National Minimum Wage above inflation, above average earnings growth, and […]

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ACS Calls for High Street Support In Rates Review

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the Government’s launch of a fundamental review of business rates, calling for greater support for small businesses and high streets. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We welcome this overdue review, and we are pleased that it will take a look at radical options for reforming the outdated business rates system. […]

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MPs and ACS Call for Universal Carrier Bag Charge

Written by Chris Noice

MPs have spoken out against Government plans to exclude small businesses from the 5p carrier bag charge in a parliamentary debate this morning (10th March). In the debate, Dan Rogerson MP refused to acknowledge the concerns raised by both MPs and business groups, making no comment on the widespread support for a universal carrier bag […]

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Home Affairs Select Committee Slams Out of Court Disposals

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Home Affairs select committee have criticised police use of out-of-court disposals, stating they are used inappropriately in up to 30% of cases. In a report published today, the committee raised concerns that persistent and serious offences were being dealt with through out-of-court disposals when they ought to have been prosecuted at court. ACS research […]

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Lords Committee Fails to Address Duty Fraud in EU Alcohol Strategy Report

Written by Victoria Cummins

The House of Lords European Union Committee have failed to acknowledge action against duty fraud in their recommendations on the future of the EU Alcohol Strategy. In the report, the Committee acknowledges that alcohol duty fraud costs the Exchequer £1.3bn annually, but falls short of making any specific recommendations to tackle the problem. ACS chief […]

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Convenience Retailers Winning Battle Against Shop Thieves

Written by Victoria Cummins

Convenience stores are fighting back against shop thieves by investing millions in crime prevention measures in their shops. Over the last three years, the percentage of retailers who have been victims of shop theft has fallen from 91% in 2012 to 74% in 2014. The cost of shop theft to the convenience sector has also […]

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Policy Exchange Report Claims Shop Theft Has Been ‘Decriminalised’

Written by Victoria Cummins

A report released today by the influential think tank Policy Exchange has suggested that shop theft has been ‘decriminalised’ because of a weak response from courts and police. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Shop theft is one of the biggest operational challenges retailers face and it’s frustrating when we see repeat offenders getting away […]

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