Monthly Archives: November 2016

Information for Retailers on the New £1 Coin

Written by Chris Noice

The Government and Royal Mint are supporting retailers to prepare as the 30-year-old round pound coin is brought out of circulation and replaced with a new 12-sided version. The target week for the introduction of the new coin is the last week of March 2017. The new pound coin will be the most secure of […]

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ACS Responds to Low Pay Commission Report on Wage Rates

Written by Leah Myers

The Low Pay Commission have published new analysis on the impact of the National Living Wage on businesses since its introduction in April 2016, recognising the impact that the wage rate has already had on the convenience sector. The Commission’s analysis noted that convenience stores had reported a decrease in working hours and jobs as […]

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Retailers Urged to Take Part in 2017 Crime Survey

Written by Leah Myers

ACS is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of the Crime Survey 2017. 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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Get Involved with Small Business Saturday 2016

Written by Leah Myers

ACS is encouraging convenience store retailers to get involved in Small Business Saturday 2015, taking place this year on December 3rd. 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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Assured Advice Training Scheme for Retailers

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of its dedicated 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 […]

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Autumn Statement: Chancellor Takes Action to Support Rural Shops

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has welcomed positive action by the Chancellor to ensure rural shops benefit from 100% business rates relief, but also raised concerns that retailers will struggle to absorb the 4% increase in National Living Wage to £7.50. On business rate relief and infrastructure investment, ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the introduction of […]

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Proposed PRS Tariffs Could Cost Convenience Sector Over £1.2m

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the PRS for Music consultation on the simplification of the PRS retail tariff, raising concerns that the changes will hit the smallest shops the hardest. Under the proposals, any business that previously had a reduced rate for having a small audible area (by broadcasting through a […]

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Autumn Statement: Business Rates Still in Need of Reform

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to do more to reform the business rates system in a submission to the Treasury ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 23rd. In the submission, ACS calls on the Chancellor to introduce measures that would allow businesses to offset investment against their […]

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Get Involved with Small Business Saturday 2016

Written by Leah Myers

ACS is encouraging convenience store retailers to get involved in Small Business Saturday 2015, taking place this year on December 3rd. 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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ACS Backs Usdaw Respect for Shopworkers Week

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has outlined its support for Usdaw’s annual Respect for Shopworkers Week, highlighting the importance of crimes against retailers being taken seriously by local police forces. Figures from the ACS Voice of Local Shops survey show that across the UK, 42% of retailers have experienced some form of violence or verbal abuse over the last […]

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