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Chief Executive’s Blog: What A Conservative Government Could Mean for Retailers

Written by Victoria Cummins

Well that was a surprise wasn’t it?  I had predicted that the Conservatives would get most votes, but like everyone else who had an opinion on the election – including Conservative strategists and pollsters – I didn’t expect to see a majority Tory government.  So what does this mean for our sector? Firstly, let’s not […]

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Election Day: How Do the Main Parties Line Up on Key Issues Affecting Local Shops?

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has launched an easy-to-read manifesto guide depicting how the main political parties’ pledges will affect local shops. The guide compares the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and UKIP’s promises to see how they line up on key issues affecting small business, including: business rates, employment, public health, high streets and […]

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Convenience Retailer Holds Small Business Hustings

Written by Victoria Cummins

Independent convenience retailer, Amit Patel, owner of Belvedere News and Wine, hosted a small business hustings event at Belvedere Community Centre in his store’s Erith & Thamesmead constituency. Amit arranged the hustings event to allow local small business owners to question the constituency’s prospective MPs about pressing issues affecting their businesses and raise awareness of […]

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Independent Retailer meets his Store’s Local PPCs

Written by Victoria Cummins

Independent convenience retailer, Jinx Hundal, was joined by his shop’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) at his One Stop store in his local constituency of Norwich South on 28th April. Jinx invited his store’s PPCs to visit his store to discuss the important role that his shop plays within the local community and to discuss pressing […]

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PPC Visits Independent Convenience Retailer

Written by Victoria Cummins

Independent retailer, Mo Razzaq, recently invited his Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to his Mo’s Family Shopper store to discuss some of the key issues that have been affecting his business ahead of the election. Mo invited Tom Greatrex, the Scottish Labour & Co-operative Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mo’s store in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, […]

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ACS Urges Members to Invite PPCs for Store Visits

Written by Victoria Cummins

The UK general election is now just over a week away, providing retailers with the perfect opportunity to show their store’s prospective candidates the important role convenience stores play in the local community and economy. Many Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) will want to gather the support of their local constituents and begin to build lasting relationships with […]

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SNP Announce Manifesto Pledges Ahead of 2015 Election

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Scottish National Party have released their full manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election on 7th May, pledging to make employment fairer for workers and to increase funding for small businesses. The SNP have pledged to increase the minimum wage to £8.70 per hour by 2020, making a quarter of a million people in […]

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UKIP Announce Manifesto Pledges Ahead of 2015 Election

Written by Victoria Cummins

The United Kingdom Independence Party have released their full manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election, setting out their proposals to cut the cost of business rates for small businesses and to reform planning regulations. In their manifesto, UKIP have pledged to help small business with a cut to business rates by extending the small […]

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Liberal Democrats Announce Manifesto Pledges Ahead of 2015 Election

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Liberal Democrat Party have released their full manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election on 7th May, calling for increased public health regulation and committing to reforming the business rates system. The party’s manifesto focuses heavily on their plans to implement further regulation on public health matters. They would seek to introduce Minimum Unit […]

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