Monthly Archives: April 2016

ACS Calls for Consistent Approach to Local Enforcement as Part of Red Tape Review

Written by Chris Noice

  ACS has called on the Government to go further in their Red Tape Review to ensure that local authorities are consistent in their approach to enforcement, as well as removing the costly and unnecessary burdens experienced by licensed retailers. In the submission, ACS welcomes the Government’s intention to remove £10 billion worth of regulation […]

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Candidate for Welsh Assembly Highlights Need to Support Small Retailers in Store Visit

Written by Chris Noice

Ahead of the National Assembly for Wales elections on 5th May, retailers are welcoming local candidates into their stores. These will be the fifth elections for the Assembly, which holds a range of powers over the economy, planning, employment and now business rates. Local SPAR retailer Ramesh Samani has this week welcomed Nick Ramsay AM, […]

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Supplier News: EKW Guide to Auto Enrolment

Written by Leah Myers

The following has been provided by ACS Club supplier EKW Group. More information about ACS’ supplier packages are available here: http://www.acs.org.uk/about-us/suppliers/ In a bid to ensure more people are financially prepared for retirement, the government has introduced new pension legislation for all businesses with staff in the UK, making it easier for people to save […]

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Planning System Must Support Rural Stores

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on rural planning, calling on the department to ensure that the planning system supports the growth and retention of rural convenience stores. The submission notes that over a third of stores are based in rural locations, which equates […]

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Lowman: Local Engagement Crucial to Public Health Debate in C-Stores

Written by Chris Noice

ACS chief executive James Lowman has called on the convenience sector to engage with local decision makers to establish their community credentials and make sure the economic role of local shops is understood. In his introductory remarks at Summit’16, Mr Lowman predicted that local public health interventions on alcohol, tobacco and sugar would become more […]

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ACS Raises Concerns about Alcohol Licensing Changes in Policing and Crime Bill

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Public Bill Committee’s call for evidence on the Policing and Crime Bill, raising concerns that a provision to no longer require alcohol licensing guidance to be scrutinised by Parliament could mean significant changes could be made to the guidance without any accountability. The Bill proposes […]

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Low Pay Commission Launch Consultation on Future Wage Increases

Written by Leah Myers

The Low Pay Commission have launched their consultation on the level of the UK’s minimum wage and National Living Wage rates for 2017-18. In the consultation, the Commission will consider the target given to them by the Chancellor of hiking wages to 60% of median earnings by 2020. The Commission is also looking for views […]

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My Local CEO Mike Greene Steps Down from ACS Board After 20 Years

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced that Mike Greene, its former chairman and now the CEO of the My Local chain of convenience stores, has stepped down from its board.  Mr Greene chose to step down as both he and My Local’s trading director Neil Turton were represented on the board as co-opted […]

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Shape the Agenda for Summit16 – Send Us Your Views

Written by Leah Myers

We want to hear from you about the challenges facing your business and the things you’re looking to introduce into your stores over the coming year. The feedback that we receive will help to shape the conversation at Summit16 on 19th April 2016. What are the biggest challenges facing your business right now? What is […]

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