Monthly Archives: July 2015

Alcohol Taskforce Reports on Plans to Tackle Duty Fraud

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Joint Alcohol Anti-Fraud Taskforce has published their 2015 annual report, outlining the progress being made by the task force in tackling the illicit alcohol trade. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The work of the task force is essential in the fight against the illicit alcohol trade, which costs around £1.3bn a year in […]

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Retailers Urged to Write to MPs on Sunday Trading Changes

Written by Chris Noice

Retail industry bodies the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) have called on local shop owners to write to their MPs explaining the negative impact that proposed changes to Sunday Trading regulations could have on their business. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The existing Sunday Trading regulations […]

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Low Pay Commission Must Consider Damaging Impact of Living Wage

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the Low Pay Commission to fully consider the impact of the national living wage on local shops and other businesses after a consultation was published today seeking views on the issue. The Commission’s consultation asks for views on the future rate of the National Minimum Wage and the […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: Business Needs to Speak Up on Living Wage

Written by Victoria Cummins

I’ve been pleased to see this week more companies and sector organisations – in farming and the care industry – raising concerns about the chancellor’s decision to introduce a national living wage at £7.20 in April 2016, rising to at least £9 by 2020. I think that many businesses and their representatives were shocked by […]

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ACS Launches Guide for Retailers on Welcoming Disabled Customers

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has today launched new guidance for retailers on how to meet the needs of disabled customers in store. The guide has been developed in partnership with the Business Disability Forum, and covers a range of issues including wheelchair access, how to assist blind or visually impaired customers and how […]

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Local Shops Successful at Preventing Underage Sales

Written by Victoria Cummins

New data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has show that smoking and drinking rates have fallen and young people are less likely to access these products from shops. The ‘Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2014’ report shows that 58% of regular smokers between the ages […]

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Book Now for the ACS Local Shop Report 2015 Launch

Written by Victoria Cummins

Book your FREE place now for the launch of the latest installment of ACS’ flagship research project, ‘The Local Shop Report 2015’, unveiling key insights into the convenience store industry. The report will be launched at an exclusive event at Hotel Football in Manchester on 9th September 2015 and will be attended by a host […]

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Government Provides Guidance for Retailers on October’s Carrier Bag Charges

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published additional guidance for retailers about the upcoming carrier bag charges which comes into force on 5th October this year. From October, businesses in England who employ 250 or more members of staff will be required to charge customers 5p for every single use carrier […]

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ACS: National Living Wage Puts C-Stores at Risk

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has published a detailed analysis of the impact of the introduction of a £7.20 national living wage in April 2016. The new research by ACS shows that: The total cost of a £7.20 national living wage will be £166m across the convenience sector. Over 24,000 stores and 80,000 jobs […]

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