Press Releases

ACS Unveils New Communications Team

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores), the trade association representing over 33,500 local shops, has announced two new appointments as part of a restructure of its public affairs and communications team Edward Woodall has been appointed as Head of Policy and Public Affairs and will lead ACS work across a portfolio of high profile issues. […]

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Politicians Must Not Undermine Low Pay Commission on Minimum Wage

Written by Victoria Cummins

Local shops have responded to recent announcements on the minimum wage, calling for politicians not to undermine the decision making process of the Low Pay Commission. At the Labour Party’s annual conference, Mr Miliband pledged that the minimum wage would rise to £8.00 an hour by 2020. The current minimum wage rate is due to […]

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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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