Monthly Archives: January 2015

ACS Launches ‘Election Centre’ in the Countdown to the General Election

Written by Victoria Cummins

As the UK counts down to the General Election on 7th May, ACS have launched a new section of its website, the Election Centre, to keep retailers informed of the announcements that matter to small businesses. The Election Centre, located under the ‘Lobbying’ tab on www.acs.org.uk’s menu bar, will showcase the store visits that retailers […]

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ACS Supports Proposed Age Restriction for E-Cigarettes

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation by the Department of Health, supporting the proposed restriction of 18 years of age for the sale of nicotine inhaling products, such as electronic cigarettes. The proposed regulations would make it an offence to sell nicotine inhaling products to anyone under the age of […]

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ACS Calls on Sentencing Council to Consider Business Impact in Decisions

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on robbery guidelines, calling for operation disruption in store to be included in the harm factors for sentencing. The Sentencing Council are consulting on which factors should be considered when dealing out sentences for offenders, with a focus on understanding the impact […]

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Simon Wright MP Pledges Support for Local Shops

Written by Victoria Cummins

Norwich South MP Simon Wright met with local retailer Nigel Dowdney at his Earlham Shopper store on 23rd January to discuss some of the key issues that have recently been affecting Nigel’s business. Nigel invited Mr Wright to visit his store in Norwich to highlight the important role that local shops play in their communities. […]

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MPs Urged to Support Convenience Store Development in Empty Pubs

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has urged MPs to support the development of new convenience stores ahead of a debate on pub conversions. In a statement, the Department for Communities and Local Government said that they plan to ‘bring forward secondary legislation at the earliest opportunity so that in England the listing of a pub as an Asset of Community Value will trigger […]

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ACS to Showcase a Host of Inspiring Ideas at Summit 15

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is set to launch the new and highly inspirational ‘Battle of the Best’ section for their Summit 15 conference on 21st April 2015. The annual event, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, will showcase multiple innovative and motivating convenience ideas from all over the UK. The ‘Battle of the Best’ will be […]

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ACS Calls for Clarity on Fireworks Regulations

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has responded to the Department for Business’ consultation on the introduction of new regulations from a EU Directive for businesses who sell fireworks, calling for clarity on the burdens that retailers will face under the new rules. The consultation concerns the 2013 Pyrotechnics and Traceability Directive, which will impose new obligations on retailers selling […]

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Minister Announces Plain Packaging Vote Ahead of General Election

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Government has confirmed that a vote on the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging will take place before Parliament breaks ahead of the General Election. Health Minister Jane Ellison announced during an evening adjournment debate on Wednesday that the measures would be laid before parliament. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “The tobacco display ban […]

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Enter the APPSSG Best Small Shops Competition Today!

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is encouraging retailers to enter to the search for the UK’s best small shop as part of a competition organised by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group. APPSSG Chairman Simon Danczuk MP said: “We are looking for the best small shops in the UK to come forward and tell us the great work […]

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