Press Releases

Convenience Stores and Post Offices Top High Street List of Most Positive Services

Written by Victoria Cummins

New research released today by the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed how the public, retailers and local councillors feel about their high streets. The Community Barometer shows that convenience stores and post offices were seen to be the services which had the most positive impact on their local community, with coffee shops, pharmacies and […]

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Government Figures on Sunday Trading Don’t Add Up

Written by Chris Noice

Figures released by Government as part of a consultation on changes to Sunday Trading regulations have been dismissed as out of date and misleading. In the consultation, Government uses the following statistics to justify its decision: Benefits equivalent to £1.4bn a year: Figures taken from a 2006 report, which include money saved by companies through […]

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Details Published of “Unpopular and Unnecessary” Sunday Trading Changes

Written by Chris Noice

The Department for Business and the Department for Communities and Local Government have published a full consultation on plans to allow local authorities and metro mayors to increase the hours that larger shops can open on Sundays. Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman said: “By pressing on with this unpopular and unnecessary measure, […]

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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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