Press Releases

Planning System Must Support Rural Stores

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on rural planning, calling on the department to ensure that the planning system supports the growth and retention of rural convenience stores. The submission notes that over a third of stores are based in rural locations, which equates […]

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Lowman: Local Engagement Crucial to Public Health Debate in C-Stores

Written by Chris Noice

ACS chief executive James Lowman has called on the convenience sector to engage with local decision makers to establish their community credentials and make sure the economic role of local shops is understood. In his introductory remarks at Summit’16, Mr Lowman predicted that local public health interventions on alcohol, tobacco and sugar would become more […]

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ACS Raises Concerns about Alcohol Licensing Changes in Policing and Crime Bill

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Public Bill Committee’s call for evidence on the Policing and Crime Bill, raising concerns that a provision to no longer require alcohol licensing guidance to be scrutinised by Parliament could mean significant changes could be made to the guidance without any accountability. The Bill proposes […]

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Low Pay Commission Launch Consultation on Future Wage Increases

Written by Leah Myers

The Low Pay Commission have launched their consultation on the level of the UK’s minimum wage and National Living Wage rates for 2017-18. In the consultation, the Commission will consider the target given to them by the Chancellor of hiking wages to 60% of median earnings by 2020. The Commission is also looking for views […]

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ACS Welcomes CMA Plans to End Automatic Rollover Contracts

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Competition and Market Authority’s consultation on their energy market investigation, welcoming proposals to end rollover contracts and ensure that small businesses are provided with competitive quotes for their gas and electricity. The investigation, which began in June 2014, was tasked with looking at any competition […]

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National Living Wage Comes into Force Today

Written by Chris Noice

The National Living Wage will come into force today (1st April) for all employees aged 25 and over. The new rate of pay for these workers will be £7.20 per hour. The Chancellor announced the National Living Wage as part of his 2015 Budget without consultation with the Low Pay Commission, and has signalled his […]

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Convenience Stores Invest £596m Over Past Year

Written by Leah Myers

New research from the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed that local shops across the UK have invested well over half a billion pounds in their businesses over the last year. The ACS Investment Tracker looks at the amount spent by convenience store owners on improving their stores through improvements to refrigeration, energy efficiency measures, […]

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Local Shops Welcome Home Office Crime Strategy’s Focus On Partnerships

Written by Leah Myers

The Home Office published their Modern Crime Prevention Strategy today (23, Wednesday) and commits to working with retailers to tackle retail crime, such as shop and fuel theft, and work in partnership with the industry to tackle alcohol related crime. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman said “Crime costs the convenience sector £122m a year, and […]

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