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Chief Executive’s Blog: Business Needs to Speak Up on Living Wage

Written by Victoria Cummins

I’ve been pleased to see this week more companies and sector organisations – in farming and the care industry – raising concerns about the chancellor’s decision to introduce a national living wage at £7.20 in April 2016, rising to at least £9 by 2020. I think that many businesses and their representatives were shocked by […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: For Local Shop Policy Solutions, Go West

Written by Victoria Cummins

This week we took a trip over the Severn Bridge to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff for a meeting of the Cross Party Group on Small Shops.  As with All Party Groups in Westminster, these groups can provide a useful focal point for discussing issues relating to particularly industries or issues, and before I forget, […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: Can Businesses Afford to Give Their Staff a Pay Rise?

Written by Victoria Cummins

David Cameron has today urged businesses to give their staff a pay rise.  Clearly the Government’s economic analysis is that with inflation low, increasing wages would give further fuel to UK plc’s growth at little risk. That macroeconomic analysis may be correct, but I have to start my response by looking at the microeconomic picture […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: What’s Next for Rates Reform

Written by Victoria Cummins

Announcing business rates reform was the easy bit. Now the Chancellor has to work out what changes to this £26bn tax revenue stream will be fairer, pro-growth, fiscally responsible and popular. There are two key decisions to make. Firstly, what level of contribution does the Chancellor want business rates to make to the public purse? […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: The End of the Space Race

Written by Chris Noice

A couple of interesting statistics have come to light in the past week that are relevant to ACS’s long running campaign on effective town centre first planning policy. The first was broadcast as part of a Dispatches programme that aired last week on the fate of the big four supermarkets. They commissioned Glenigans to look at what […]

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Chief Executive’s Blog: Does the Government Really Care About its Town Centre First Planning Policy?

Written by Chris Noice

This week I gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. You can see for yourself what I said here, but in summary, I explained our research into the application of the town centre first planning policy, which has actually allowed three-quarters of new retail investment to take place out of town. I won’t […]

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