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Book Your Place at Summit 2017

Written by Leah Myers

Tickets are now on sale for the ACS Summit, an unmissable industry event for convenience retailers. The conference will take place in Birmingham on the 25th of April 2017. Summit17 will bring retailers, suppliers, and industry experts from around the world together to explore the successes and challenges of the industry and discuss new ideas retailers […]

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Less than One Week Until the Introduction of the New £1 Coin

Written by Leah Myers

With less than a week to go until the new £1 coin is introduced, ACS is urging retailers to ensure they are prepared for the new 12-sided version by using the resources available to them through the official pound coin website. The site contains a short film and downloadable materials for retailers. The coin will […]

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Local Shops Reiterate Opposition to Bottle Deposit Plans

Written by Chris Noice

Trade associations representing convenience stores across England, Wales and Scotland have reiterated their position on plans for a bottle return scheme, outlining the problems that the scheme would cause for retailers. The Association of Convenience Stores and the Scottish Grocers Federation have written to the Scottish government, highlighting the following concerns about deposit return schemes […]

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Two Months to Go Until New Tobacco Laws Take Effect

Written by Leah Myers

There are now just two months to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive come into force. The one year sell-through period for retailers to sell branded packs is coming to an end, and from 20th May 2017 retailers must ensure that all their stock is compliant with the new regulations. […]

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Finance Committee Calls for Making Tax Digital Plans to be Delayed Until 2020

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has welcomed calls from a House of Lords Finance Sub Committee on Making Tax Digital plans to delay the proposals until at least 2020. Government proposals, originally published through six consultation documents in August 2016, aim to introduce a fully digital tax system with the intention of reducing errors in tax reporting. The proposals […]

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ACS Renews Partnership with Crimestoppers to Tackle Crime Against Retailers

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping staff and customers safe in local shops with the renewal of its partnership with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers and ACS have been in partnership since 2010, and have worked to raise awareness of crimes against local stores, while also offering rewards for serious crimes that have been committed […]

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ACS Gives Evidence to All Party Group Inquiry on Small Business Banking

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has given evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking, detailing the issues faced by convenience retailers when dealing with banks. The evidence session, chaired by Michelle Thomson MP, heard from Edward Woodall (ACS Head of Policy and Public Affairs), John Collins (British Independent Retail Association Finance Director) and Heather Buchanan […]

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Convenience Stores Encouraged to Take Part in Digital High Street Pilot

Written by Leah Myers

Convenience stores in a number of pilot towns are being given the opportunity to take part in a scheme set up by Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, working with the government’s Future High Streets Forum, to help retailers work together to promote their towns online.  The pilot is using the #WDYT hashtag to generate conversations among […]

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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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Book Your Place at Summit 2017

Written by Leah Myers

Tickets are now on sale for the ACS Summit, an unmissable industry event for convenience retailers. The conference will take place in Birmingham on the 25th of April 2017. Summit17 will bring retailers, suppliers, and industry experts from around the world together to explore the successes and challenges of the industry and discuss new ideas retailers […]

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