Monthly Archives: October 2015

Almost 90% of Small Retailers Compliant with Tobacco Display Ban

Written by Victoria Cummins

Around 9 in 10 small retailers are fully compliant with the tobacco display ban, according to a report released today by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). The CTSI’s Rapid Review on Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Regulations Compliance by Small Businesses shows that 89% of convenience stores, 83% of off licences, 92% of newsagents and 97% […]

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ACS Talks Importance of Disabled Customers at Lords Select Committee

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS chief executive James Lowman has given evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee, highlighting the important role that the convenience sector plays in accommodating the needs of disabled customers. Speaking during the Committee hearing, Mr Lowman said: “Small businesses don’t have central HR departments or dedicated health and safety managers, so we need […]

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Glyn Davies MP Outlines Support for Local Retailer on Sunday Trading

Written by Victoria Cummins

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies has outlined his support for retaining the existing Sunday trading regulations in a visit to a SPAR store in his constituency. The store owners, Matthew and Huw Jones, raised concerns about the impact that longer opening hours for larger stores on Sundays would have on their business. The current, popular Sunday […]

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Minimum Wage Compliance Essential to Level Playing Field for Retailers

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS called on retailers to ensure that they are fully aware of and compliant with the national minimum wage rates. Government has published a list of over 100 employers who have fallen short of paying their employees the national minimum wage, with underpayment close to £400,000 in total. Business minister Nick Boles said: “Employers who […]

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HMRC Reveal £2.7bn Excise Duty Lost to Illicit Alcohol and Tobacco in 2014

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has responded to the publication of the latest HMRC Tax Gaps report, calling on the government to introduce the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme without further delays. The total excise duty lost to the Treasury in 2013-14 was estimated at £2.7bn. This included a £0.1bn reduction in duty lost through illicit alcohol, but a £0.1bn […]

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Local shops: PM wrong on Sunday trading

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Association of Convenience Stores has labelled the Prime Minister’s response to a question on Sunday trading as ‘ill-informed’ and ‘incorrect’ on key details of the current law and the debate about devolving decision-making to local authorities. ACS chief executive, James Lowman said: “The Prime Minister has incorrectly suggested that extending Sunday trading hours would […]

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80% Reduction in Carrier Bag Usage in Scotland Highlights Need for Universal English Charge

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS continues to urge the government to include small businesses in England’s single-use carrier bag charge after figures today show Scotland’s universal charge has cut usage by 650 million bags in its first year. The figures, released today by the Scottish government, show that the number of single-use carrier bag bags given to consumers has […]

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MPs Raise Concerns about Sunday Trading Impact; Proposals Yet to be Published

Written by Victoria Cummins

MPs from a range of political parties have raised concerns in parliament about the government’s plans to devolve decisions on Sunday trading to local authorities. Many MPs were expecting the proposals to be included as an amendment to the Cities & Devolution Bill, which had its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday.  However, […]

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Social Market Foundation Examine Family Impact of Sunday Trading Changes

Written by Victoria Cummins

A new report from the Social Market Foundation has suggested that plans to change Sunday Trading hours could have a negative impact on family life. The think-tank, Social Market Foundation, has examined plans to devolve Sunday trading powers to local authorities using the Prime Minister’s ‘family test’, which he launched in 2014 for all new laws […]

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ACS Welcomes Cap on Debit and Credit Card Fees

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has welcomed the government’s decision to introduce EU measures which will cap the costs retailers currently face when processing debit and credit card payments. From 9th December, the European Commission’s Interchange Fee Regulation will come into effect which will cap the amount that is charged by banks to card providers to 0.2% on debit […]

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