Monthly Archives: July 2016

ACS Calls for Low Pay Commission to Regain Independence over Future Wage Recommendations

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Low Pay Commission’s consultation on the future rates of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, calling on the Commission to take into consideration the impact of wage hikes on local shops. In the submission, ACS raises concerns about the target that the Low […]

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ACS Responds to Review on Access to Banking

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the independent review of the Access to Banking Protocol, which details how banks should ensure sufficient access to banking services following the closure of branches. This year-on review of the Protocol will consider the way banks have applied it in practice, and the extent to which […]

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Information for Retailers on New Polymer Banknotes

Written by Leah Myers

Ahead of the new £5 polymer note entering circulation on 13 September 2016, the Bank of England has provided training materials to help retailers identify the new security features on the £5 polymer bank note. The new note will be smaller than the current £5 note, and printed on polymer, which is a thin flexible […]

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Book Your Place at the 2016 Local Shop Report Launch

Written by Chris Noice

Tickets are now available for the 2016 Local Shop Report launch, taking place on 7th September at Hotel Football in Manchester. The Local Shop Report is ACS’ flagship research project, bringing together information from trusted sources in the convenience sector with brand new information about the people running stores. This year marks the fifth release […]

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Information for Retailers: Allergens in Food

Written by Chris Noice

The following information features in ACS’ Assured Advice guide on managing food safety and hygiene. More information about Assured Advice and how to sign up to the scheme is available in the Advice section of the ACS website. Retailers who provide a food to go service for customers must protect those customers that suffer from […]

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ACS Encourages Retailers to Join CAPs

Written by Leah Myers

The successful Community Alcohol Partnerships scheme is to be launched in around 30 new areas in the next 12 months, taking the total number of CAPs in the UK to over 130 by the end of this year. Retailer engagement in CAPs involves meeting with local police, schools, other retailers as well as wider stakeholders, […]

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ACS Welcomes VCA to Club Membership

Written by Chris Noice

Video analytics solutions provider VCA Technology has reinforced its commitment to convenience retailing in the UK, by becoming a Club member of the Association of Convenience Stores. The move follows the company’s recent appointment of Andy Frost as Retail Sales Manager – Europe VCA Technology have over 350,000 installations worldwide providing not just security & […]

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ACS Sets out Concerns over Future Wage Rises to Low Pay Commission

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has presented evidence to the Low Pay Commission on the impact of the National Living Wage, urging the Commission to consider how sustainable the Government target of 60% of median earnings by 2020 is. Responses from the 2016 ACS National Living Wage survey have shown that retailers are likely […]

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Business Organisations Call on Chancellor to Act on Rate Reforms

Written by Leah Myers

A group of organisations representing over 100,000 shops and other businesses has called on the government to focus on reducing the burden of business rates instead of further cuts in corporation tax. In the letter to Chancellor George Osborne, groups representing businesses ranging from pubs and bars to convenience stores and large retailers have highlighted […]

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ACS Welcomes More Transparent Approach to Business Rates Appeals

Written by Chris Noice

The Department for Communities and Local Government have published their response to a consultation on reforming the business rates system, making recommendations for a more transparent, streamlined appeals process. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We are pleased that the Government have listened to our concerns about delivering a more transparent rating system in order […]

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