Monthly Archives: September 2015

New E-Cigarette and Tobacco Laws Come into Force Tomorrow

Written by Victoria Cummins

From 1st October, it will be illegal to sell e-cigarettes or e-liquids to children under the age of 18 and the proxy purchase of both tobacco and e-cigarette products will also be illegal. Retailers will need to check that a person is over the age of 18 before selling them e-cigarettes or associated products, such […]

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Investment Falls as Retailers Brace for Impact of 2015 Budget

Written by Victoria Cummins

Investment levels in the convenience sector have fallen by 35% over the last three months as retailers prepare for the introduction of the National Living Wage. Over the last three months, convenience stores across the UK have invested £116m in their businesses compared to £177m in the previous quarter. Association of Convenience Stores chief executive […]

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ACS Says No to Tobacco Register in Wales

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly Health and Social Care Committee today on proposals in the Public Health Bill to introduce a Tobacco Register for retailers. Edward Woodall, ACS Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said: “Compliance with tobacco regulations in the convenience sector is already very good, as […]

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Sunday Trading Plans Would Harm High Street, Cost Jobs and Threaten Local Shops

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Association of Convenience Stores has warned that Government plans to remove Sunday trading hours are unpopular, will cost jobs and damage high streets. In its submission to the Government’s consultation on devolving the power to set Sunday trading rules locally, ACS has revealed the results of a survey of local authority chief executives showing […]

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Everyday Entrepreneurs Inquiry Hosts Second Evidence Session

Written by Victoria Cummins

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Small Shops held their second oral evidence session into their Everyday Entrepreneurs Inquiry in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Simon Danczuk MP, Luke Hall MP and David Warburton MP led the questioning of entrepreneurs and trade association leaders. Leading entrepreneurs spoke at the inquiry, telling parliamentarians the barriers […]

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GroceryAid: Health and Wellbeing Initiative Brings Help for Independents

Written by Victoria Cummins

The new health and wellbeing section of the GroceryAid website launched this week is aimed in particular at the needs of the independent sector as it offers a whole range of support, regardless of the size of the business. It was created following feedback from their annual industry research and offers comprehensive guidance and support for everyone […]

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ACS Welcomes Jelf into Connect Membership

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has announced that Jelf, has joined as a Connect member. Jelf is an award-winning insurance broker and financial consultancy. They are able to offer ACS members quotes and advice, helping get the right level of insurance to ensure convenience stores are adequately covered. Jelf chief executive, Phil Barton said: “We are delighted to become […]

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Investment Survey Closes Today – Respond Now

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is calling on retailers to respond to the ACS Investment Tracker Survey looking at the convenience sector’s investment priorities over the last three months which closes today. The short survey’s responses support ACS’ work in Parliament, representing the contribution local shops make to the country’s economy. The Investment Tracker also shows government the potential […]

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