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Chief Executive’s Blog: Budget Verdict

Written by Leah Myers

Last weekend I wrote in The Grocer about my hopes and fears for the budget.  Here’s my verdict on what was announced, and what it means for our sector. I have to start with business rates.  There was a crescendo of media noise, and business organisations (with ACS prominent) calling for reforms to the business […]

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Rates System in Need of Change to Help Retailers Invest

Written by Chris Noice

In recent weeks, the Chancellor has come under fire from all sides over the impact of the business rates revaluation, with many claiming that the impact on their businesses could be catastrophic. In the convenience sector, as with many others, the reality is that there will be both winners and losers when the new rates […]

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Business Rates: Can the System Better Incentivise Investment?

Written by Leah Myers

We’re seeing a lot in the papers about business rates, as we build up to the new financial year starting in April when businesses in England and Wales will start paying rates based on the latest revaluation. I want to start by reminding you of a very positive announcement at last year’s budget, one that […]

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Convenience Stores Up or Down?

Written by Leah Myers

Some of you may have seen an excellent new report by the Local Data Company which discusses whether we are reaching saturation point for the number of convenience stores in UK towns. The LDC has been tracking significant increases in convenience store numbers over the past five years, but this growth is slowing, and in […]

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What Should Retailers Expect from the Chancellor on Business Rates?

Written by Chris Noice

There’s plenty of discussion in the media about business rates policy, with most retail and wider business groups agreeing there needs to be a change to the way rates are calculated and collected (see businesses organisations agreed position here). But what specifics should we expect, or hope for, when the Chancellor stands up on Wednesday? […]

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Sunday Trading: How You Made a Difference

Written by Chris Noice

Well, that went well.  Not many organisations can put defeating the government on their CV, but after yesterday’s Commons vote against devolving Sunday trading laws, ACS, Usdaw and the rest of the Keep Sunday Special campaign can claim this rare distinction.  There will be plenty of time to reflect on the details of the campaign, […]

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Government Sunday Trading Analysis… based on Sweden in 1972

Written by Chris Noice

Today’s publication of the government’s response to their public consultation is a chance to see their analysis all the evidence that has been put forward by groups like us, and also those who favour longer Sunday opening hours.  There’s a team in the Department for Business running this consultation, which launched over six months ago, […]

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Autumn statement: Tobacco licensing is costly, bureaucratic and unnecessary

Written by Victoria Cummins

Business rates have dominated the retail industry’s reaction to the Autumn Statement this week, and you can see what we have said here.  I wanted to use this blog to talk about another issue, buried deep in the papers accompanying the Chancellor’s speech: tobacco licensing.  The Autumn Statement includes a commitment to consult on whether […]

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