Monthly Archives: November 2015

ACS Backs Small Business Saturday 2015

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is encouraging convenience store retailers to get involved in Small Business Saturday 2015, taking place this year on December 5th. Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.The day itself takes place on the first […]

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Autumn statement: Tobacco licensing is costly, bureaucratic and unnecessary

Written by Leah Myers

Business rates have dominated the retail industry’s reaction to the Autumn Statement this week, and you can see what we have said here.  I wanted to use this blog to talk about another issue, buried deep in the papers accompanying the Chancellor’s speech: tobacco licensing.  The Autumn Statement includes a commitment to consult on whether […]

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Autumn Statement Reaction: Uncertainty Over Future of Business Rates

Written by Chris Noice

The Association of Convenience Stores has reacted to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, welcoming the extension of small business rate relief but raising concerns about business rates devolution and the lack of detail on overall rate reform. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to extending small business rate relief in 2016; this […]

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Free Assured Advice for ACS Members

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of a new platform to allow them to train their staff on Assured Advice. The platform, which has been developed by online learning company Bolt, will allow any ACS member to sign up to the Assured Advice scheme and benefit from both the assurance […]

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Retailers Urged to Take Part in 2016 Crime Survey

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of the Crime Survey 2016. The survey asks retailers to outline the number of incidents of crime they have experienced, including shop theft, robberies and anti-social behavioural incidents. The survey also looks into the causes of […]

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ACS: Small Business Rate Relief Must Continue in 2016

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to figures on business rate reliefs released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government, calling for an extension of the business rate discount for small businesses. The figures show that local authorities granted £1,061 million in relief under the Small Business Rate Relief scheme in […]

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Community Alcohol Partnerships Highlight Success of 88 Schemes Across the UK

Written by Chris Noice

Community Alcohol Partnerships have today published a report, Progress through Partnerships: Creating Safer Communities, showing the positive impacts that the 88 CAPs in place across the UK have had on crime, anti-social behavior, litter, residents’ feelings of safety and underage/proxy purchasing. Some of the successes of Community Alcohol Partnerships include: a 30% reduction in alcohol related […]

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Ben Bradshaw MP Outlines Support for Local Retailer on Sunday Trading

Written by Chris Noice

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has met with independent retailer Clive Sheppard at his SPAR store on Magdalen Road to talk about the issues affecting his business and the proposed changes to Sunday trading regulations. The community focussed store is located in a vibrant shopping district a short distance away from the City Centre. Trade declined […]

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Sunday Trading Devolution Would Cost Jobs

Written by Chris Noice

The Association of Convenience Stores has outlined the damage that devolution of Sunday trading laws will have on jobs and the economy. In evidence submitted to Government last month, ACS cites research conducted by Oxford Economics, who have calculated that if implemented by councils across England and Wales, extended Sunday trading hours would cost small shops […]

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Conservative MPs Outline Support for Existing Sunday Trading Laws

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed a letter from campaign group Keep Sunday Special and Conservative MPs, outlining their support for the existing Sunday trading regulations. The letter, published in the Telegraph today (11 November), details a list of 20 MPs who have called on the Government to drop the controversial plans to devolve Sunday trading powers to […]

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