ACS Independent members are companies that operate with less than 20 stores. These members benefit from advice and information, political representation and networking opportunities. Specifically members benefit from access to a free legal helpline, that is a first port of call for any retailer with a legal problem. They can also take advantage of exclusive member services tailored to the independent convenience store.
ACS Corporate members are companies that join on behalf of a group of retailers, normally in the form of a buying or marketing group. These members benefit from political representation, advice and information and networking opportunities available at member discount rates. Contact our commercial team on 01252 515001 for more information about becoming a member.
Individual stores within corporate member groups benefit directly by being able to access members only information on the ACS website, receive our newsletters and attend ACS forums at no cost. A list of our Corporate members is below.
AG Parfett & Sons Ltd: A.G. Parfett & Sons Ltd is a family run wholesale cash and carry business operating across the North West of England, selling food, drink and tobacco goods to independent retailers and caterers.
Bestway: “Building business for the independents”, Bestway is the largest privately owned cash and carry operator in the UK. It operates in the convenience sector through the Best-One symbol. ‘Best-One is a company run by retailers with the know-how and resources to make YOUR independent business more profitable, more attractive to your customer base, and quite simply the best on your area.’
Booker Retailer Partners: Booker Retail Partners is a wholesaler supplying caterers, retailers and other businesses. On the high street, it operates under the Budgens, Londis and Premier symbol groups. Booker Retail Partners is committed to providing more choice, reducing prices and offering better service to all customers.
BP Oil UK Limited: BP operates in locations along the entire length of the UK, from Sullom Voe in the Shetlands to Hamble on the South Coast of England. At more than 300 company-owned and franchise sites you can find BP Connect stores, alongside award winning Wild Bean Cafes, which provide hot and cold snacks and fresh coffee for motorists. You can also find Marks and Spencer Simply Food outlets at more than 100 BP service stations in Scotland and England.
Central Convenience Stores: Based in Dorset and Hampshire, Central Convenience Stores is a rapidly expanding chain of shops. Its aim is to ‘Convenience – Allday – Everyday’ by selling the best national brands alongside locally sourced products.
Central England Co-operative: The Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retailers in the UK. Although independent from The Co-operative Group, they are part of the wider co-operative movement, and in the true spirit of co-operation they work with each other so that, as part of a larger unit, they have the buying power of much bigger companies through economies of scale.
Conviviality Retail: Conviviality Retail owns the UK’s largest franchised off-licence and convenience chain with over 600 franchisee-operated stores located throughout England, Wales and soon to be Scotland. Conviviality operates five fascias including Bargain Booze, Bargain Booze Select Convenience, BB’s Warehouse, Thoroughgoods, and Wine Rack.
Co-op: Co-op is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over six million consumers. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the leading convenience store operator and a major financial services provider. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider and Britain’s largest farming operation. The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 106,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.
Costcutter Supermarkets Group Ltd: Costcutter currently have 1400 stores throughout the UK & Northern Ireland and has recently been listed in The Times newspaper as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the UK ( source: KPMG ). Despite massive competition from huge multiples moving into the convenience store sector, Costcutter continues to expand by offering a flexible style and attitude, coupled with a comprehensive trading and marketing format.
East of England Co-Op: The East of England Co-operative Society is proud to be at the very heart of communities across England’s eastern counties, offering a range of services that help support local towns and villages in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
The Guild of Fine Food: The Guild of Fine Food is the UK trade association for anyone making or selling top quality local, regional and speciality food and drink. Its 1,300-plus members include delicatessens, fine food halls and farm shops, speciality food producers, from cheese-makers to chocolatiers, importers and distributors of gourmet foods from around the world and suppliers of equipment and services to support the fine food sector.
Heron Foods: Heron Foods operates 240 stores throughout the North of England and the Midlands, and employs 2,500 people. Based in East Riding, Yorkshire, Heron is a family owned food retailer dedicated to bringing customers great value in frozen, chilled and grocery products. The company operates from a 270,000sq ft purpose built facility in Melton, East Yorkshire. Heron Foods has been ranked 13th by turnover in The Grocer magazine’s survey of the top 50 independent grocery retailers.
HKS Retail: H.K.S. Motors, established in 1984, is a leading competitor in the retail fuel sector. The company first formed in 1984, began through the operation of the first filling station at Ashby Road, Coalville. Today they have now greatly expanded from this and now own and operate a number of sites, proving a strong presence primarily across The Midlands.
James Convenience Retail: The James Retail Group is a leading, independently owned neighbourhood retailer operating around 110 convenience and newsagent stores. It operates Select Convenience branded convenience stores as well as newsagents branded GT News & Supernews which can be found in locations varying including major shopping centres, transport interchanges, local neighbourhoods and hospitals across the central belt of the country.
KeyStore: Keystore is run by JW Filshill Ltd based in Hillington, near Glasgow. They have won Scottish Wholesale Association’s prestigious Champion of Champions awards more times than any of our competitors. They are widely recognised as a driving force in the retail convenience market. Despite the success and industry accolades, they never forget what made, and continues to make them, so great – their retailers.
Lakeside Group: Independent retailers providing premium motor fuel, car valet and convenience store facilities, locally.
Landmark Wholesale: Landmark Wholsesale is one of the largest buying groups in the UK. The 29-strong members are located nationwide in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and consist of Cash & Carry and Delivered Wholesalers serving over 122,000 live retail, catering and foodservice customers.
Lincolnshire Co-operative: Lincolnshire Co-operative is one of the most successful independent consumer co operatives in the UK, and offer a wide range of services from their divisions. Owned by their members, the people of Lincolnshire and Newark, and has been for more than 150 years. All profits are recycled locally and many of their 2,700 staff get involved with the community by volunteering their time or expertise to local groups or by raising money for their Charity of the Year.
McColl’s Retail Group Limited : McColl’s is the UK’s leading neighbourhood retailing group with over 1,250 stores trading throughout England, Scotland and Wales. They are comprised of over 500 convenience stores with over 400 stores having a Post Office.
Motor Fuel Group: The recently expanded Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is now the second largest independent forecourt operator in the UK. It has 374 stations operating under the BP, Shell, Texaco and JET fuel brands. It offers its customers premium fuel brands coupled with an attractive, competitive and expanding forecourt shop offer for today’s cost conscious consumers.
MRH Retail: MRH has become the UK’s leading independent service station owner and operator. In 2004 it acquired the operations of Kuwait Petroleum GB followed by large acquisitions from Texaco, BP and Esso. MRH now has over 370 company owned service stations in its extensive portfolio the majority of which are branded Esso, BP, Texaco and Jet. MRH has its head office in Epping, Essex and a smaller office in Egham, Surrey .The Company owns a number of brands including its new shop concept called Hursts and the commercial business on the Isle of Wight branded as Isle of Wight Fuels Ltd, with Roberts Garages Ltd in Jersey and Matrix (Highlands) Ltd in the North of Scotland.
Nisa: Nisa is the UK’s leading member-owned organisation, providing benefits to independent retailers and wholesalers in food and drink markets.
One Stop: One Stop is a retail convenience business with over 750 stores across England and Wales. In addition to operating company owned stores, One Stop has recently developed a franchise model which allows independent retailers to benefit from affiliation with the group.
Palmer & Harvey: Palmer and Harvey have nationwide distribution facilities operating in the independent and multiple convenience, forecourt and CTN retail arena.
Petrogas: Trading under the Applegreen banner, Petrogas has a rapidly expanding network of stations across the UK. Applegreen has a ‘low prices always’ policy and this combined with its well-stocked, conveniently organised shops and partnerships with top food and beverage outlets such as Costa Coffee and Subway caters for the myriad needs of today’s motorist and underpins its commitment to providing a consistently high quality offer to its customers.
RedOrange Limited: RedOrange Ltd was formed in 1983 by six like minded local retailers, to offer independent retailers the best possible opportunities in an ever competitive market. RedOrange provides retailers at all levels of the market the ability to achieve the best possible purchasing price, by sharing their buying power as Nisa members across the membership. This, together with a dedicated central office and retailer support network, gives members the ability to compete and prosper against multiple competition.
Rontec: Rontec is one of the leading companies in the independent fuel retailing sector, predominantly using the Total brand on their forecourts. Their service stations network delivers high quality fuels, extensive convenience shop ranges and offers top quality car washes.
Scotmid Co-operative: Scotmid Co-operative operates 350 retail outlets across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England. Our businesses include Scotmid Food, Semichem, The Fragrance House, Funeral Directors, Post Offices and a property division.
Simply Fresh: Simply Fresh has a supply agreement with Costcutter and benefits from group trading terms. The model requires retailers to invest in high levels of fresh and chilled food, typically 20m of chilled food and 3m of fruit & veg. As a condition of membership, every store has to be affiliated to a local charity, offer in-store carrier bag recycling facilities and use local produce suppliers where appropriate.
Southern Co-operative: The Southern Co-operative is a regional Co-operative Society based in southern England. They operate around 150 community stores, covering the following counties: Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.
SPAR (UK) Ltd: SPAR is the world’s largest international food retail chain with nearly 16,000 stores in 34 countries. With 2,600 stores SPAR is also the UK’s leading convenience store group.
SSP UK-Rail (Whistlestop): SSP UK operates 21 Whistlestop stores at train stations throughout the UK, providing convenience retailing with fast paced service. Key product categories are alcohol, soft drinks, tobacco, confectionery and snacks. The depth of range within each category appeals to commuters and travellers with a diverse range of needs and features a balance of must stock convenience brands with a more interesting mix of lesser known products from small British producers.
The Mid-Counties Co-operative: The Midcounties Co-operative is the largest independent co-operative in the UK. They have almost 9,000 colleagues spread across 450 sites, as well as over 245,000 members who enjoy a share in their profits, as well as knowing they are funding ethical activities and initiatives locally and around the world.
Today’s: The Today’s Group is proudly the largest independent buying group in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £5 billion, serving their wholesale members and their retailers.
Today’s Group is a mutal oganisation that is owned by their members with all profits either being reinvested back into the business or returned directly to members.
Whistlestop: Compact and thoughtfully designed, Whistlestop focuses on easy selection and quick service. It stocks everything from a sandwich to eat on the train to a takeaway curry and bottle of wine to take home.
YIGA: The Yorkshire Independent Grocers Association is proud to be a unique, voluntary association consisting of independently owned Newsagents, Grocers, Convenience Stores, Delicatessen and Forecourt Shops.