The Association of Convenience Stores provides three different packages to suppliers, these are the Connect, Club and Premier Club packages. The main focus of these packages is networking, events and insight about the convenience sector. The companies that sign up to supplier packages with ACS are of all different sizes and focus areas, including everyone from small EPoS suppliers and technology solutions companies, to multinational FMCG businesses, and all companies can access the same benefits from whichever package they take up, regardless of the category they trade in or service they provide.
While suppliers are included in updates from ACS about policy issues, and have access to briefings on policy developments through the ACS Online Portal, suppliers are not involved with the decision making process on policy issues and are not able to influence policy submissions or briefings to decision makers. ACS has a number of expert groups and committees that are made up of its retail members, as well as its main and independent boards. There is one supplier representative on the ACS Board which is made up of twenty directors.
ACS' core purpose is to engage with Government and other decision makers on the issues that matter to its members. ACS members are all retail businesses, ranging from independent retailers running one store through to large businesses operating hundreds of convenience stores across the UK. ACS members are consulted and involved in the policy forming process for all submissions to Government, which are all available here.
More information about the ACS executive team and the areas that we work on is available here.