Press Releases

Retailers Call for Immediate Action to Reduce Burden of Business Rates

Written by Chris Noice

Convenience store retailers from across the UK have gathered in Westminster to call on Government to reform the system of business rates. The Association of Convenience Stores, a trade association of over 33,500 shops representing an industry worth over £35bn to the economy, has called for the following measures to make the business rates system […]

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ACS Raises Concerns over Auto Enrolment Pension Costs

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee into the auto enrolment pension scheme, raising concerns about the impact of the plans on the smallest businesses and their staff. The auto-enrolment process will see most convenience stores begin to enroll their staff in June 2015. Under the new […]

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Planning Minister Out of Answers on Town Centre First

Written by Victoria Cummins

Planning minister Brandon Lewis MP has admitted that Government does not monitor the effectiveness of planning rules designed to promote investment in town centres.   As part of an evidence session conducted by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, the former high streets Minister  told the Committee that town centre first planning rules were […]

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ACS Sets Out Plans for Inclusive Membership

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is holding an EGM on 4 December at which it will ask members to vote on changes to its constitution to allow any convenience store operator to become a member of the Association. ACS Chairman Jonathan James said: “As the market changes, we have found that our current constitution excludes many potential members, including […]

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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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