Monthly Archives: September 2014

Low Pay Commission Urged to Consider Harm to Small Shops from Minimum Wage Rises

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has submitted evidence to the Low Pay Commission, calling on the commission to carefully assess the impact of the rate rise on small retailers. In its submission, ACS notes that according to a survey of retailers, increases in the minimum wage correlate with a negative effect on business competitiveness. […]

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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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Labour Fringe: Rates Reform Essential to High Street Recovery

Written by Chris Noice

Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins has called for more to be done to reform the rates system as part of a discussion on the future of the high street at Labour Party Conference. During the fringe event hosted by ACS and the British Independent Retailers Association, Mr Perkins recognised the need to bring down […]

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Politicians Must Not Undermine Low Pay Commission on Minimum Wage

Written by Chris Noice

Local shops have responded to recent announcements on the minimum wage, calling for politicians not to undermine the decision making process of the Low Pay Commission. At the Labour Party’s annual conference, Mr Miliband pledged that the minimum wage would rise to £8.00 an hour by 2020. The current minimum wage rate is due to […]

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ACS Calls for EU Alcohol Strategy to Target Illicit Trade

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has called for an EU Alcohol Strategy that tackles the illicit trade and develops an independent evidence base that provides a sound foundation for national policy interventions that tackle alcohol harm. In its’ submission to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, ACS has called for the next strategy to steer […]

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ACS Welcomes Consolidation of Minimum Wage Regulations

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed the proposed consolidation of minimum wage regulations as an important step in ensuring that retailers understand how the laws on the national minimum wage affect their business. In its submission to the Government consultation, ACS has highlighted the importance of clear, concise regulations for convenience store owners – many of which will […]

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MPs Raise Concerns About Effectiveness of Town Centre First Policy

Written by Victoria Cummins

MPs have raised question about the effectiveness of the planning system to direct new retail investment in town centres during an oral evidence session on the National Planning Policy Framework.  John Pugh MP for Southport and member of the Communities and Local Government Selection Committee referenced ACS’ (the Association of Convenience Stores) report ‘Retail Planning […]

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ACS Unveils 2014 Local Shop Report

Written by Victoria Cummins

The 2014 Local Shop Report has revealed the vital contribution that local shops make to the UK economy and the investment in services that continues to drive growth in the sector. Published today, the report offers brand new information about the diverse range of services that stores offer to their communities as well as key […]

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ACS Chairman Previews Local Shop Report on TV and Radio

Written by Victoria Cummins

Ahead of the official launch of the 2014 Local Shop Report tomorrow, ACS Chairman Jonathan James appeared on television and radio this morning to discuss the findings of the report, which reveal continued growth in the convenience sector. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Jonathan James told business correspondent Steph McGovern: “The corner shop of 20 years […]

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