Author Archives: Victoria Cummins

Assured Advice Training Scheme for Retailers

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of a new 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 assurance […]

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ACS Partners with IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future Schools Programme

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS and the IGD are encouraging convenience retailers to speak to students about the brilliant careers available in the food retail sector.  Store owners and executives from larger convenience chains and symbol groups can take part in the Schools Programme as part of IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future initiative.  Over the past year over 1,000 volunteers […]

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SPAR Managing Director Debbie Robinson to speak at Summit16

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is pleased to announce that Debbie Robinson, Managing Director of SPAR (UK) will feature as one of the headline speakers at Summit16 on April 19th. SPAR, which started as a single Dutch store in 1932, is now the world’s largest food retail chain, with 12,322 stores in 34 countries and a turnover of £3bn+. […]

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Ensure Your Store is Fully Equipped to Sell Fireworks

Written by Victoria Cummins

In the coming weeks, many consumers will be purchasing fireworks in the run up to the New Year celebrations. Convenience retailers, with permission from their local authority, are able to sell fireworks, however there are a number of compliance rules that must be followed. ACS has produced an Assured Advice guide for ‘Selling Fireworks’. The […]

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ACS Backs Small Business Saturday 2015

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS is encouraging convenience store retailers to get involved in Small Business Saturday 2015, taking place this year on December 5th. Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.The day itself takes place on the first […]

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Free Assured Advice for ACS Members

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of a new 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 assurance […]

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Martin Vickers MP Outlines Support for Local Retailers on Sunday Trading

Written by Victoria Cummins

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has outlined his support for retaining the existing Sunday trading regulations in a visit to a SPAR store in Humberston operated by Blakemore Retail. During the visit, staff members and SPAR representatives raised concerns about the impact that longer opening hours for larger stores on Sundays would have on their business, […]

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Book Your Free Place Now at ACS Responsible Retailing Forum

Written by Victoria Cummins

Reserve your free place now at this November’s ACS Responsible Retailing Forum, providing you with the tools and knowledge to ensure your convenience store is fully compliant with upcoming regulations. The Forum, taking place in Westminster, London, will guarantee you are up-to-date with all of the fast-changing retail legislation and enable you to update your […]

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Chancellor Urged to Take Meaningful Action on Rates Reform; Drop Unpopular Sunday Trading Proposals

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has called on the chancellor to take action on business rates, employment costs and drop proposals to devolve Sunday trading rules in its submission to the Treasury ahead of the Autumn Statement on 25th November. Since the chancellor’s announcements of the introduction of a National Living Wage of £7.20 in April 2016 and plans […]

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Advice for Retailers on Autumn Seasonal Products

Written by Victoria Cummins

Halloween and Bonfire Night often provide great opportunities for convenience store retailers to maximise their sales through seasonal products. However, there are a few things retailers should bear in mind during the autumn season. As a helping hand, ACS has produced Assured Advice Guides on ‘Preventing Underage Sales’ and ‘Selling Fireworks’. These guides provide extensive […]

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