Monthly Archives: March 2016

New £1 Coin to Be Launched in March 2017

Written by Chris Noice

The Government has announced that the current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over 30 years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters. The new 12-sided coin resembles the old ‘threepenny bit’, with the Royal Mint claiming that it will be the world’s most secure coin in circulation. Levels of counterfeit […]

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ACS Welcomes New HMRC Alcohol Strategy

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed HMRC’s new Alcohol Strategy, aimed at tackling the illicit trade in alcohol. The strategy consists of three main parts: promoting good compliance — making it easier for businesses to pay the right duties preventing tax losses — making it harder to make mistakes or to deliberately cheat […]

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Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) Launches 100th Scheme

Written by Leah Myers

This week, Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) will launch its 100th scheme, in Biggleswade. The launch marks the introduction of Central Bedfordshire’s first CAP, as well as celebrating the success of CAPs across the country in tackling alcohol-related harm in local communities. There is growing concern around the levels of underage drinking and street drinking in […]

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Guidance for Retailers on Reducing Crime in Store

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has produced comprehensive guidance for retailers on how to spot and reduce levels of crime in their stores as part of the 2016 Crime Report. Every local shop is different and requires an individual assessment for what action a retailer may need to take. The new guidance includes information on crime prevention equipment including CCTV, external security measures, and […]

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Sewell Group MD Patrick Sewell to Speak at Summit 16

Written by Leah Myers

ACS will be welcoming Patrick Sewell, Managing Director and Main Board Director of the Sewell Group to speak at Summit 16 and share his expertise on forecourt retailing and securing successful partnerships within the industry. Sewell Retail (Sewell Group and Sewell on the go) is comprised of 12 fuel and convenience stores in the greater […]

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Convenience Stores Invest £596m Over Past Year

Written by Leah Myers

New research from the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed that local shops across the UK have invested well over half a billion pounds in their businesses over the last year. The ACS Investment Tracker looks at the amount spent by convenience store owners on improving their stores through improvements to refrigeration, energy efficiency measures, […]

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Local Shops Welcome Home Office Crime Strategy’s Focus On Partnerships

Written by Leah Myers

The Home Office published their Modern Crime Prevention Strategy today (23 Wednesday) and commits to working with retailers to tackle retail crime, such as shop and fuel theft, and work in partnership with the industry to tackle alcohol related crime. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman said “Crime costs the convenience sector £122m a year, and […]

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Great British High Streets Awards Launch Good Practice Guide

Written by Leah Myers

The Great British High Streets (GBHS) Awards Good Practice Guide, published last week, was launched by High Streets Minister Marcus Jones during a visit to 2015’s overall winning high street, Bishopthorpe Road in York. The Great British High Street Awards 2015 sought to recognise that the high street is the life and soul of cities, towns and villages […]

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Optimism Returning Among Local Shops

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has revealed the latest findings from its Voice of Local Shops survey.  The research, based on interviews with 1,210 independent retailers each quarter, explores retailer optimism, recent sales experience, crime committed in stores, and retailers’ community activity.  Key findings from the survey conducted in February include: Retailer optimism has […]

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ACS Reaction: Welsh Public Health Bill Dropped by Assembly

Written by Leah Myers

The Welsh Assembly has voted down the Public Health Bill (Wales) which included proposals to introduce a tobacco register for retailers. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “We are pleased the Welsh Assembly have dropped plans to introduce a retailer funded tobacco register that would have done little to tackle the illicit tobacco market and […]

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