Monthly Archives: December 2014

Councils Urged to Boost Access to Free to Use Cash Machines on High Street

Written by Chris Noice

Councils are being urged to use their business rates powers to increase access to free-to-use cash machines on high streets and in town centres. Companies who install and operate cash machines generally pay business rates to the local authority for each machine. Small convenience stores can struggle with this despite there being help available from […]

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Business Minister: Record Year for the High Street

Written by Chris Noice

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has revealed that retail sales are forecast to exceed £335bn in 2014, an increase of 15 per cent on 2010. Estimates from BIS also show this has been a record year for smaller firms who have turned over £71bn over the last year. The booming retail sector now employs […]

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Selling Fireworks: Guidance ahead of New Year’s Eve

Written by Victoria Cummins

In the run up to the New Year, many convenience retailers will be maximising their sales in store through a range of seasonal products including fireworks. However, there are a number of rules and guidelines around the sale of fireworks as they are a particularly dangerous product. ACS has produced an Assured Advice Guide about […]

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ACS Welcomes EU’s Fairer Card Fee Proposals

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has welcomed new measures to cap the costs retailers face when processing debit and credit cards. The EU intends to limit the ‘interchange fees’ charged by banks to card providers such as Visa and MasterCard to 0.2% on debit cards and 0.3% on credit cards. At present, Visa typically charges 8p per debit card […]

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Government Set Two Year Limit on Wage Deduction Claims

Written by Chris Noice

The Department for Business has provided greater clarity on the ongoing legal issues surrounding backdated holiday pay, tabling regulations to introduce a two year limitation on how far back a claim for deduction from wages can go. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement, which starts to provide clarity for retailers […]

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ACS Welcomes Proposed Clarity on E-Cigarette Age Restrictions

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed a consultation from the Department of Health on introducing age restrictions for the purchase of electronic cigarettes. The proposed regulations would: make it an offence to sell nicotine inhaling products (such as e-cigarettes) and related products to anyone under the age of 18 years extend the tobacco ‘proxy purchasing’ offence in the […]

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Staff Hours in Local Shops Take a Dive in the Wake of the Minimum Wage Hike

Written by Victoria Cummins

The number of retailers increasing their staff hours has taken a sharp downtown since the 19p increase of the National Minimum Wage in October, according to new research from the Association of Convenience Stores. The latest ACS Voice of Local Shops Survey has found that fewer convenience retailers have seen an increase in staff hours […]

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Lack of Local Plans Failing Town Centres

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a report by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee criticising the application of planning policy by local authorities.  In its report on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework, the Committee has drawn attention to shortcomings in the way planning decisions are reached, and has […]

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Retailer Raises Money for School with the Help of Local MP

Written by Victoria Cummins

Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe, spent Friday afternoon (15th December) working hard in one of his constituent’s award-winning convenience store. Raaj Chandarana invited his local MP to be part of his annual community Christmas party at the High Wycombe store, Tara’s News, after meeting him at the ACS Heart of the Community event in October. […]

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New Food Allergen Display Law Comes into Force Today

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is urging retailers to be prepared for the implementation of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation coming into force today (13th December). The law will change the way customers need to be alerted to allergenic ingredients in food, especially loose foods or goods you package yourself. The law is designed to protect customers […]

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