Monthly Archives: February 2016

HMRC Publish Tobacco Licensing Consultation

Written by Chris Noice

HMRC have published a consultation on the costs and benefits of introducing tobacco licensing for all parts of the supply chain including retailers. The Chancellor announced this consultation would take place at his Autumn Financial Statement. The UK Government is a signatory of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and is therefore […]

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Government Receives Notice of Legal Challenge over Sunday Trading Proposals

Written by Chris Noice

A group of organisations have issued Government with notice to legally challenge their decision to press ahead with proposals to change Sunday trading regulations. The Government has been issued with a letter before action from the Keep Sunday Special group, setting out plans for a future Judicial Review on the proposals to devolve Sunday trading […]

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Mars Product Recall: Information for Retailers

Written by Chris Noice

Mars Chocolate UK has taken the precautionary step of recalling products produced in the Netherlands that possibly contain pieces of plastic. Other products are being recalled in Europe which have not been distributed via the Mars UK distribution route. The UK recall from consumers concerns only the products below, with the stated ‘best before’ dates, which […]

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Local Shops Slam ‘Reheated’ Shapps Report on Sunday Trading

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has branded a report published today by Grant Shapps MP as partial, unconvincing and based on old data that has already been discredited during the government’s consultation on this issue. The report (http://www.shapps.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Sunday-Trading-for-the-21st-Century.pdf) argues for extending Sunday trading hours. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “There is nothing new in this re-heated report, it […]

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Sign Up to Assured Advice Today – Free for ACS Members

Written by Chris Noice

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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Mike Greene: Sunday Trading Rules are a Great British Compromise

Written by Chris Noice

Plans to reform Sunday trading will not address the problems of high streets and make the Government the enemy of entrepreneurial businesses. The Government has finally set out its stall on Sunday trading, releasing its response to the consultation after months of waiting, alongside amendments to the Enterprise Bill designed to give powers to local […]

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Business Rates Burden Hits Record High

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on Government to outline its plan for meaningful business rates reform and reinstate the Retail Rate Relief scheme as business rates income reaches record levels. The Department for Communities and Local Government released figures this morning claiming that business rates income has reached £23.5bn, raising an extra […]

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Leon Restaurants Co-Founder Henry Dimbleby to speak at Summit16

Written by Leah Myers

ACS will be welcoming Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of London fast food chain Leon to speak at Summit 16 and share his expertise on one of most exciting trends in modern convenience stores: Food-to-go. With an ever increasing upswing trend in healthy eating, Leon provides consumers a convenient solution for eating nutritious food on the run. […]

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Book Your Place at Summit16

Written by Chris Noice

Tickets are now on sale for the premier event in the convenience sector, ACS Summit16. This year’s conference, to be held in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on April 19th 2016 will set out to inspire retailers and suppliers to think differently about the way they do business and provide practical ideas that will […]

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