Press Releases

MPs Urged to Support Convenience Store Development in Empty Pubs

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has urged MPs to support the development of new convenience stores ahead of a debate on pub conversions. In a statement, the Department for Communities and Local Government said that they plan to ‘bring forward secondary legislation at the earliest opportunity so that in England the listing of a pub as an Asset of Community Value will trigger […]

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Minister Announces Plain Packaging Vote Ahead of General Election

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Government has confirmed that a vote on the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging will take place before Parliament breaks ahead of the General Election. Health Minister Jane Ellison announced during an evening adjournment debate on Wednesday that the measures would be laid before parliament. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “The tobacco display ban […]

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ACS Calls for Tougher Penalties for Repeat Shop Thieves

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called for a tougher stance on shop theft from police and the justice system after figures released today by the British Retail Consortium revealed that the cost of shop theft across the retail sector has increased. Recently published government data also reflects this trend, reporting that overall, there […]

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Home Office: Personal Licences Granted in Early 2005 Must be Renewed

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed the simplified process for personal licence renewals set out by the Home Office ahead of the implementation of the Deregulation Bill. The Deregulation Bill, which is currently before Parliament, intends to scrap the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every ten years. However, the passing of this Bill will […]

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Government Set Two Year Limit on Wage Deduction Claims

Written by Chris Noice

The Department for Business has provided greater clarity on the ongoing legal issues surrounding backdated holiday pay, tabling regulations to introduce a two year limitation on how far back a claim for deduction from wages can go. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement, which starts to provide clarity for retailers […]

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APPSSG Launches Best Small Shops Competition

Written by Chris Noice

The search for the best small shop in the UK has been launched today as part of a competition organised by the All Party Small Shops Group. Speaking at the launch, APPSSG Chairman Simon Danczuk MP said: “We are looking for the best small shops in the UK to come forward and tell us the […]

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ACS Welcomes Proposed Clarity on E-Cigarette Age Restrictions

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed a consultation from the Department of Health on introducing age restrictions for the purchase of electronic cigarettes. The proposed regulations would: make it an offence to sell nicotine inhaling products (such as e-cigarettes) and related products to anyone under the age of 18 years extend the tobacco ‘proxy purchasing’ offence in the […]

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Treasury Minister Addresses Small Shops Group on Business Rates

Written by Victoria Cummins

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, and the Minister responsible for business rates addressed the All Party Small Shops Group today in Westminster to discuss business rates in light of the Chancellor’s announcements in last week’s Autumn Financial Statement. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “The measures announced in Autumn Statement will help […]

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Local Shops Welcome Small Business Lending Investigation

Written by Victoria Cummins

Local shops have welcomed the announcement from the Competition Markets Authority to conduct a full market investigation into lending to the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) market.  The investigation will look specifically at lending to SMEs and core products such as business current accounts. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the CMA decision […]

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