Monthly Archives: December 2016

Guidance for Retailers on Standardised Packaging and Tobacco Products Directive

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has produced comprehensive new guidance for retailers on the upcoming changes to tobacco retailing coming into force as part of the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive and Standardised Packaging legislation. From 20th May 2016, manufacturers are only able to produce tobacco in standardised packaging and in a minimum pack size of 20, with restrictions also […]

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Grocery Aid: Support for Convenience Retailers

Written by Chris Noice

GroceryAid provides a confidential Helpline which is available 24/7 to assist callers across a wide range of subjects, from financial to personal issues. For people who prefer not to call in, there is a web-based range of self-help tools and advice, including online chat. For those people who are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, […]

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ACS: Future of Post Offices Dependent on Local Shops

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Government’s consultation on the future of the Post Office network, highlighting the essential role that convenience stores play in offering Post Office services. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Over the last few decades, there has been a decline in the number of specialist stores, […]

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ACS Backs Great British Spring Clean 2017

Written by Leah Myers

ACS is encouraging retailers to get involved with the Great British Spring Clean campaign, launched today by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The event will take place from March 3-5 2017 and aims to encourage people to take action against littering and make sure their neighbourhood is one of which they can be proud. Research […]

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Advice to Retailers on Age Restricted Sales at Christmas

Written by Leah Myers

As retailers prepare for Christmas, ACS is urging retailers to ensure that they are aware of products that have age restrictions on them. All fireworks carry an age restriction, the vast majority of adult fireworks and sparklers cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18. Caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents […]

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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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Great British High Street Award Winners Announced

Written by Leah Myers

The Department for Communities and Local Government have announced the winners of the 2016 Great British High Street Awards, congratulating all those involved in creating strong town centres for their communities. The overall winner and winner of the Local Centre category, Blackburn in Lancashire, was praised for the range of improvements that were put in […]

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£300m Invested in Convenience Sector in Last Quarter As Stores Prepare for Cost Hikes in 2017

Written by Chris Noice

Convenience store retailers have made record investments in their business over the last three months ahead of expected price rises in the New Year and despite rising costs, according to new research from ACS. Over the last three months, retailers have invested almost £300m on measures to improve their business, with the total amount invested […]

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