Monthly Archives: August 2015

ACS Calls for Stricter Sanctions on Illicit Tobacco Sales

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has called on HMRC to impose stricter sanctions on retailers who are found to be selling illicit tobacco. ACS chief executive, James Lowman said: “The illicit tobacco market costs the Treasury over £2bn a year. Retailers who sell illicit tobacco have a direct impact on retailers selling legitimate products who, as a result, may […]

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GroceryAid: Financial Support for Workers in the Convenience Sector

Written by Victoria Cummins

GroceryAid is offering financial support to those who work in the convenience sector and are currently going through financial hardship. The charity are accepting applications from individuals or family members who currently work in any part of the grocery industry, including convenience store retailers, who may be eligible for a one-off financial grant. To be […]

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Managing Health and Safety in Your Convenience Store

Written by Victoria Cummins

The law surrounding health and safety practices can be complex and difficult to understand. To help keep your store compliant, ACS has produced a comprehensive Assured Advice guide for ‘Managing Health and Safety’ to lead you through the health and safety procedures you need to carry out in your store. ACS’ Assured Advice guide on […]

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Convenience Stores and Post Offices Top High Street List of Most Positive Services

Written by Victoria Cummins

New research released today by the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed how the public, retailers and local councillors feel about their high streets. The Community Barometer shows that convenience stores and post offices were seen to be the services which had the most positive impact on their local community, with coffee shops, pharmacies and […]

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Mark Pawsey MP Talks Shop At Bulkington Spar Shop

Written by Victoria Cummins

Mark Pawsey MP for Rugby and Bulkington visited the Bulkington Spar last week discuss the impact of Government regulation on local shops.  Plastic bag charging, national living wage and Sunday trading were top of the list for the local Spar shop. Brian Cherry, Regional manager for the Blakemore Retail operated SPAR store said: “It was […]

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Changes to Fireworks Regulations Come into Force Today

Written by Victoria Cummins

New pyrotechnics (fireworks) legislation has come into force today, making changes to firework retailer’s record keeping practices and displayed signage. Retailers selling fireworks will now be required to keep a record of who they bought their fireworks from for the last ten years and keep ten years’ records when selling fireworks on to other businesses. […]

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Camelot Scratchcard Outlets Given Opportunity to Sell National Lottery Tickets

Written by Victoria Cummins

Camelot, operator of the National Lottery, will be providing retailers who currently have Scratchcard only terminals the opportunity to sell tickets for National Lottery draw-based games, such as Lotto and EuroMillions, through their current terminals from early next year. Retailers will be able to sell the expanded range of games through their current Scratchcard terminal […]

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Shopworkers, Churches and Local Shops Unite to Keep Sunday Special

Written by Victoria Cummins

Keep Sunday Special has today launched a campaign to keep the popular Sunday trading laws, which help families, communities and small retailers. In a letter to the Prime Minister, a wide range of Keep Sunday Special supporters have highlighted how a change to current Sunday shopping hours contravenes the Prime Minister’s own family friendly policy […]

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ACS: Tell Us What Impact National Living Wage Will Have On Your Shop

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is calling on retailers to respond its National Living Wage survey 2016 to inform the convenience sector’s response to Low Pay Commission’s call for evidence on minimum wage and the new living wage rates. George Osborne announced that from April next year, a new living wage of £7.20 will be introduced.  The Low Pay […]

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ACS Welcomes Parcelly into Associate Membership

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is pleased to announce that the parcel collection service, Parcelly, has joined as an Associate supplier. Parcelly offers a flexible solution to solve last mile delivery problems by converting any local business into a parcel collection point. Being completely smartphone based, the service is extremely easy to set up and operate for Parcelly locations, […]

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