Monthly Archives: August 2014

Plain Packaging: Business Impact Must be Properly Assessed in UK

Written by Chris Noice

In response to a study on plain packaging in Australia, ACS has reiterated its call to the Department of Health to look closely at the operational impact that tobacco plain packaging would have on retailers and other businesses in the UK. The study, published by BMJ Open, found “no evidence of the major unintended consequences […]

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Lowman: Sunday Trading Regulations an ‘Enduring Compromise’

Written by Chris Noice

 ACS Chief Executive James Lowman has appeared on BBC radio and television to discuss the retention of current Sunday Trading regulations. Speaking on Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast this morning on the 20 year anniversary of the introduction of the Sunday trading rules, Mr Lowman spoke of the important compromise that balances economic, social […]

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ACS Assured Advice Guides on Health & Safety & Selling Fireworks

Written by Chris Noice

‘Managing Health And Safety’ and ‘Selling Fireworks’ are the two latest Assured Advice Guides published by ACS under its innovative primary authority compliance scheme. The scheme, which is free to all ACS members, provides retailers with excellent tailored advice developed by retail and local authority experts. Once members sign up to the scheme and use […]

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Great British High Street Competition Enters Final Week

Written by Chris Noice

High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt has urged town and cities across Britain to get their applications in for the Great British High Street competition before it closes on 30 August 2014. The minister has written to all town teams and the local community to encourage them to take part in the competition, run by the […]

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Lowman: Shop Theft Is Not Victimless

Written by Chris Noice

ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, featured today on BBC Radio 2, the Jeremy Vine Show, talking about shop theft and a scheme in Durham proposing to let first time shop thieves off without any formal sanction.Lowman said: “We support innovative approaches to tackling shop theft but we worry about the message that this sends. Shop […]

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Opus Energy Commit to Ending Rollover Contracts

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed an announcement from energy company Opus on plans to stop the use of rollover contracts. In an announcement posted on the company’s website, Opus state that will cease offering the automatic rollover contracts to all new customers as of October 2014. All existing customer contracts will stop auto-renewal by Spring 2015. Opus […]

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Enter Your Town Into the Great British High Street Competition

Written by Chris Noice

A national competition is currently underway to find and celebrate the best high streets in the country. The competition is being run by the Future High Street Forum and the Association of Town and City Management. There are six separate categories in recognition of the diversity of Britain’s high streets: City Centre; Town Centre; Market Town; […]

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ACS Calls on Retailers to Respond to National Minimum Wage Survey

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is calling on retailers to respond to the National Minimum Wage survey 2015 to inform the convenience sector’s response to Low Pay Commission’s call for evidence on minimum wage rates in 2015. The LPC is an independent body that advises the government on future the National Minimum Wage consulting with the business community and unions. […]

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ACS Assured Advice Guides on Health & Safety & Selling Fireworks

Written by Chris Noice

‘Managing Health And Safety’ and ‘Selling Fireworks’ are the two latest Assured Advice Guides published by ACS under its innovative primary authority compliance scheme. The scheme, which is free to all ACS members, provides retailers with excellent tailored advice developed by retail and local authority experts. Once members sign up to the scheme and use […]

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