Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ofgem Takes Important Step toward End of Automatic Rollovers

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has hailed a new consultation from energy regulator Ofgem as the beginning of the end for rollover contracts.In the consultation, published today, Ofgem have announced that they will be monitoring the activity of suppliers who still use automatic rollover contracts for their customers over the next six months. Ofgem have stated that if it […]

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ACS Calls for Consistency & Clarity in Use of Health Data in Alcohol Licensing

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s consultation on preventing harmful alcohol use in the community, calling for any interventions made by public health agencies in local licensing matters to be based on the effective and consistent use of data. The consultation proposes a quality standard for the way local health evidence, […]

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Convenience Stores Driving Growth on Britain’s High Streets

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed new research from Southampton University, outlining the crucial role that convenience stores are playing in the nation’s recovery. The report suggests that despite pressure from out of town retailers and online shopping, many high streets are succeeding as convenience stores adapt their ranges and offer more services to busy consumers. ACS research […]

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Supermarket Levy Would Set Dangerous Precedent

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to a call by 20 councils for powers to impose a new levy on supermarkets. Councils have made this bid for new powers using the procedures laid down in the Sustainable Communities Act 2007. Under the Act Councils can submit requests for changes in national legislation or taxation to the Government, which […]

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ACS Welcomes Simon Danczuk MP As New Small Shops Group Chair

Written by Chris Noice

Simon Danczuk, Rochdale MP, will take on the Chairmanship of the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group following Priti Patel MP’s promotion in the Government reshuffle to Exchequer Secretary. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman, said: “We are pleased that Simon is taking on the Chairmanship of the Small Shops Group. Simon already has an exemplary […]

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Enter the Sales Assistant of the Year Award to Win £1000

Written by Chris Noice

Convenience Store magazine is looking for the sales assistant of the year 2014. The overall winner will be crowned at a spectacular lunch at The Dorchester on Tuesday 11 November and claim a £1,000 prize. As an added incentive, the store manager who enters the overall Sales Assistant of the Year 2014 will also pick […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: Does the Government Really Care About its Town Centre First Planning Policy?

Written by Chris Noice

This week I gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. You can see for yourself what I said here, but in summary, I explained our research into the application of the town centre first planning policy, which has actually allowed three-quarters of new retail investment to take place out of town. I won’t […]

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Retailers & AMs Celebrate Welsh C-Stores at Annual Reception

Written by Chris Noice

At the Cross Party Group on Small Shops Annual Reception, ACS addressed a packed house of AMs and retailers from across England and Wales to talk about the important contribution that Welsh retailers make to the UK convenience sector. Speaking at the event hosted by Suzy Davies AM, ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “Convenience […]

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