Press Releases

Retailers Urged to Write to MPs on Sunday Trading Changes

Written by Chris Noice

Retail industry bodies the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) have called on local shop owners to write to their MPs explaining the negative impact that proposed changes to Sunday Trading regulations could have on their business. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The existing Sunday Trading regulations […]

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Low Pay Commission Must Consider Damaging Impact of Living Wage

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the Low Pay Commission to fully consider the impact of the national living wage on local shops and other businesses after a consultation was published today seeking views on the issue. The Commission’s consultation asks for views on the future rate of the National Minimum Wage and the […]

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ACS Launches Guide for Retailers on Welcoming Disabled Customers

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has today launched new guidance for retailers on how to meet the needs of disabled customers in store. The guide has been developed in partnership with the Business Disability Forum, and covers a range of issues including wheelchair access, how to assist blind or visually impaired customers and how […]

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ACS: National Living Wage Puts C-Stores at Risk

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has published a detailed analysis of the impact of the introduction of a £7.20 national living wage in April 2016. The new research by ACS shows that: The total cost of a £7.20 national living wage will be £166m across the convenience sector. Over 24,000 stores and 80,000 jobs […]

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Living Wage Announcement to Cost Jobs and Investment in Convenience Sector

Written by Chris Noice

The Association of Convenience Stores has criticised the Government’s decision to introduce a mandatory living wage for workers over 25 as a reckless measure that will have a significant negative impact on the sector. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The introduction of a compulsory ‘Living Wage’ will have a devastating impact on thousands of […]

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Budget: Chancellor to Press Ahead with Complicated and Unnecessary Sunday Trading Changes

Written by Chris Noice

The Association of Convenience Stores has heavily criticised plans introduced in the Budget to allow local authorities to decide whether to remove Sunday Trading rules. During today’s Budget, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government will seek to devolve powers to change Sunday Trading rules to local authorities as part of the Enterprise Bill. ACS chief […]

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Sunday Trading Plans Complicated, Harmful and Unnecessary

Written by Chris Noice

Local shops have condemned Government plans to give major towns and cities the power to remove Sunday Trading regulations, warning that the move will be complicated, ineffective at increasing trade on the high street and would threaten the livelihoods of convenience store owners. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Giving local authorities the responsibility for […]

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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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