Monthly Archives: January 2017

Welsh Local Shop Report: Independent Retailers Crucial to Welsh Convenience Sector

Written by Leah Myers

The Association of Convenience Stores’ 2017 Welsh Local Shop Report reveals the essential contribution that convenience stores make to the Welsh economy, generating £309m in sales and employing 25,000 people. The report demonstrates the importance of independent retailers in Wales, with 89% of stores being small businesses. Convenience stores in Wales also have a unique […]

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Tesco and Booker Announce Merger

Written by Leah Myers

Tesco and Booker Group have announced a merger in a deal estimated to be worth £3.7bn. Responding to the announcement, ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “The Tesco and Booker merger is a hugely significant deal that demonstrates how important independent convenience stores are to the UK retail market.  Ten years ago, pundits were forecasting […]

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Four-Month Countdown for Standardised Packaging and Tobacco Products Directive

Written by Leah Myers

With four months to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive comes into force, ACS is urging retailers to familiarise themselves with the legislation. The one year sell-through period for retailers to sell through branded packs  is coming to an end, and by 20th May 2017 retailers must ensure that […]

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ONS Crime Figures Reveal Shop Theft Continues to Rise

Written by Leah Myers

The Office for National Statistics have released its annual figures on shoplifting, showing a 5% increase, the highest volume of shop theft since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003. The figures show that there were approximately 349,296 incidents of shop theft in the year ending September 2016, which is over 17,000 […]

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ACS: ‘Sector Deal’ Will Enhance Relationships Between Government and Retailers

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Government’s Green Paper on Industrial Strategy and is committed to working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a ‘sector deal’ for the retail sector, addressing issues such as developing skills and supporting businesses to start and grow. The Government’s Industrial […]

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More Support Needed for UK’s 19,000 Rural Shops and Post Offices

Written by Leah Myers

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the government to help secure the future of the UK’s 19,128 rural shops, allowing them to continue to provide essential services like the Post Office for customers that would otherwise be isolated. The report reveals that rural shops are often the only place where customers in their […]

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ACS Calls for Tobacco Register Plans to Be Scrapped in Public Health (Wales) Bill Evidence Session

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has given evidence to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on the Public Health Wales Bill, calling on plans for a tobacco register in Wales to be scrapped in favour of strengthening the existing sanctions available to enforcement authorities. During the evidence session on the Bill, ACS acknowledged the significant negative impact that […]

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Book Your Place at Summit 2017

Written by Leah Myers

Tickets are now on sale for the ACS Summit, an unmissable industry event for convenience retailers. The conference will take place in Birmingham on the 25th of April 2017. Summit17 will bring retailers, suppliers, and industry experts from around the world together to explore the successes and challenges of the industry and discuss new ideas […]

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