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Food Foundation Toolkit to Help Retailers Sell More Veg

Written by Chris Noice

UK consumers are buying two thirds less veg than the amount recommended by health experts. According to Government guidance on a healthy diet, 20% of our shopping should be made up of vegetables, but in reality we only reach 7.2%. Figures from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show that as many as 20,000 […]

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Book Now for the 2017 Local Shop Report Launch

Written by Chris Noice

We are now just weeks away from the launch of the 2017 Local Shop Report and Hosted One2Ones event in Manchester. ACS’ flagship report will be launching on 6th September at Hotel Football, providing a detailed look at the reasons behind the continuing success of the convenience sector and exploring the innovative services and features […]

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ACS: Carrier Bag Charge Must Be Extended to Smaller Stores in England

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has once again called on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to include all stores in England in the 5p carrier bag charge. Currently only businesses with more than 250 employees are included in the charging scheme, with smaller businesses exempt. However, in Wales and Scotland, the charge applies to all […]

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Post Offices and Convenience Stores Have ‘Most Positive Impact’ on Communities

Written by Chris Noice

The 2017 Community Barometer has revealed that Post Offices and convenience stores are the nation’s favourite high street shops and services for the third year running. The survey of UK consumers and local councillors across the UK showed that the top three services which have the most positive impact locally are post offices (1), convenience […]

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Changes Coming to Visa Contactless Payments

Written by Chris Noice

Visa is introducing a Zero Floor Limit for all contactless transactions to help protect cardholders against fraud. A Floor Limit refers to the maximum amount a merchant can charge to a cardholder without getting authorisation from the card issuer. The ‘Zero Floor Limit’ means that every card transaction will now need to be authorised online […]

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Government Intervenes to Speed Up Business Rate Relief Allocation

Written by Chris Noice

Thousands of businesses are still waiting for small business rate relief after the process that councils go through to issue new bills has been subject to months of delay. Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has set a deadline of 21 August for the software providers to local councils to provide updates so that new bills […]

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Carrier Bag Charge Should Be Extended to All Retailers in England

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has reiterated its calls for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to include all stores in England in the 5p carrier bag charge. Currently only businesses with more than 250 employees are included in the charging scheme, with smaller businesses exempt. However, in Wales and Scotland, the charge applies to all […]

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Treasury Calls on Retailers to Prepare for New £1 Coin Transition

Written by Chris Noice

HM Treasury have announced that there are now more new £1 coins in circulation than old round pounds. Speaking on reaching the changeover point between the old and new pound coins, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Jones MP said: “To have more new coins in circulation than old at this point is great […]

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