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Local Shop Report 2021 Launch

8th September 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm
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The Local Shop Report is the essential guide for those with an interest in the convenience sector, whether from a retail, supplier, academic or political perspective. The report features key insights into the people, businesses and services operating within the sector.

More details will be announced in due course.

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Event Speakers

James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS

James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006. He has led ACS on political and policy representation, driven a unique research programme that informs ACS’ policy work, launched an industry-leading assured advice scheme in partnership with Surrey County Council, created a new and unique events programme, and increased membership and engagement from all parts of the industry. He has been recognised for his work with outstanding achievement awards from HIM, Palmer & Harvey, YIGA, and the Retail Industry Awards. James is a member of ministerial advisory groups including the National Retail Crime Steering Group and the Retail Sector Council. He also sits on the boards of Community Alcohol Partnerships, the London Food Board and the High Streets Task Force. James joined ACS in 1997. He has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.

Edward Woodall, Government Relations Director, ACS

Ed joined ACS in September 2009 having graduated from Roehampton University in 2007. As Government Relations Director Ed is responsible for communicating ACS’ policy positions across Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved nations with civil servants, parliamentarians and external stakeholders. Ed consults with ACS members through ACS’ Policy Committee and Expert Policy Groups to develop policy positions and the organisation's public affairs strategy.

Ed has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees in Westminster and devolved nations and contributes to policy developments across a range of government working groups including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.

Ed completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma in Public Relations in 2013. Ed is currently studying for his MBA at Surrey Business School.

Sarah C Johnson, Head of Retailer Engagement, ACS

Sarah joined ACS in 2007 as Events Coordinator, working her way up her current role of Head of Retail Engagement. Sarah is not leaving events behind, but will continue to have responsibility for the growing portfolio, which  is approximately 50 per year, including study tours and the annual ACS Summit. In her new role her responsibility now includes overseeing all retailer memberships, encouraging more retailers to join and also to ensure that all retailers get the most out of membership.


Will Nelson, Head of Supplier Relations, ACS

Will joined ACS as Commercial Assistant in 2011 and has worked up through the organisation to become Head of Supplier Relations.

As Head of Supplier Relations at ACS, Will actively seeks to recruit and retain members across all membership streams through ensuring that maximum value is gained through membership, as well as organising the most topical and relevant events to provide networking and sharing of best practice across the sector.

Will graduated from Kingston University in 2009 with a degree in Business Management. Before ACS, Will worked for IT company NDC and IT Recruitment company ITHR.

Rosie Wiggins, Research Assistant, ACS

Rosie joined ACS in February 2021, after graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of Portsmouth. Before joining ACS, Rosie worked as a freelance researcher for several non-profit organisations. She is responsible for assisting the communications and public affairs team with research and analysis, used to support policy developments and keep ACS members informed.