Monthly Archives: May 2015

New Report Claims 56 Billion Illegal Cigarettes Sold Across EU

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a report highlighting the extent of illegal tobacco consumption across Europe, calling for immediate action to tackle the illicit trade in the UK. The report, released today by KPMG, claims that over 56 billion illegal cigarettes were consumed in 2014 across the EU, representing 10% of […]

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Queen’s Speech: ACS Welcomes Measures to Support Local Shops

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed measures outlined in the Queen’s Speech today supporting the growth of local shops. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The new legislative agenda has a clear vision to support small stores through the Enterprise Bill so that they can make essential investments in their infrastructure, staff and local communities. We will be […]

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Zero Hours Exclusivity Ban Comes into Force Today

Written by Victoria Cummins

New measures have come into force today banning the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hour employment contracts. The ban on these contracts, which prevent employees from working for another employer even though they themselves do not guarantee any hours of work, became law through the government’s Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. ACS chief […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: Using Data Effectively

Written by Chris Noice

I’ve been thinking a bit lately about data – how we use and abuse it and how businesses in our sector should deal with it.  A few things have caused me to mull on this topic. Firstly, in the wake of the general election various commentators have attacked the pollsters for failing to predict the […]

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ACS Talks to BBC Breakfast about Importance of Cash to Customers

Written by Chris Noice

ACS chief executive James Lowman appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about the ways that convenience store customers prefer to pay for their goods and services. Speaking to BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern, ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Cash is still very important to convenience store customers, and over half of convenience retailers […]

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ACS Demonstrates Value of Local Shops to New MPs

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is this week sending constituency cards to all new MPs, detailing key information about the number of local shops in their area and the jobs that they create. The 2015 General Election resulted in over 100 new MPs entering the Houses of Parliament, many of whom have been taking part in store visits with […]

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Local Shops Welcome Business Secretary’s Enterprise Bill

Written by Chris Noice

The Department for Business led by new business secretary, Sajid Javid MP, have announced plans to include an Enterprise Bill in the queen’s speech next Wednesday. The Bill will focus on cutting redtape and supporting small business. ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “The new business secretary is right to make tackling regulation a priority, […]

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Last Chance to Book for ACS Responsible Retailing Forum

Written by Victoria Cummins

The ACS Responsible Retailing Forum offers members an invaluable opportunity to hear from policy makers, retailers and enforcement officers about the latest compliance issues affecting them on a daily basis in the convenience sector. The forum, taking place on the 20th May at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, will focus on the future of alcohol policy, […]

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ACS Assured Advice in Wales Launches with Display Ban Guide

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS’ industry leading Assured Advice scheme is now available for retailers in both England and Wales, with a new version of the tobacco display ban guide for retailers in Wales being published today. ACS Assured Advice offers retailers the assurance that their in-store practices cannot be challenged by local enforcement officers. ACS offers Assured Advice […]

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How Well Do You Know the Tobacco Display Ban Regulations?

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is encouraging retailers to follow Assured Advice on the tobacco display ban to ensure compliance with the regulations. By signing up to Assured Advice (free of charge for ACS members), retailers cannot be challenged by local enforcement agencies if they are following the guidance set out through Assured Advice. The display ban was introduced […]

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