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Welsh Local Shop Report 2021 Launch

8th December 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
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This event will launch the ACS Welsh Local Shop Report 2021, providing a detailed overview of investments from convenience stores, the people working in and running stores and the communities where they trade.

The agenda includes:

  • A presentation of the Welsh Local Shop Report 2021 and what is changing in the Welsh convenience store sector
  • A panel session of leading Welsh convenience retailers responding to the report findings and trading during the pandemic
  • An address from the Minister for Environment Lesley Griffiths AM outlining how the Welsh Government plans to support local shops
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Event Speakers

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths MS

Lesley Griffiths was brought up in North East Wales and has lived and worked in Wrexham all her adult life. Prior to her election she worked as constituency assistant to Ian Lucas, MP. As a strong supporter of devolution for Wales, she played an active role in the 1997 'Yes for Wales' campaign. She is a member of Unison.

She was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2007 and served on several Assembly Committees. She set up and chaired the Cross Party Hospice Group. In December 2009, she was appointed Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Lesley Griffiths was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services and in March 2013 was appointed Minister for Local Government and Government Business. In September 2014, she was appointed Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. In May 2016, following re-election, she was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs. Lesley was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs on 3 November 2017. On 13 December 2018 Lesley was appointed Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs.

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.

Phoebe Clifford, Research Assistant, ACS

Phoebe joined ACS in June 2020, having graduated with a first class degree from the University of Portsmouth. She previously worked at ONS whilst completing a Master’s degree in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Southampton. Phoebe is responsible for delivering analysis of existing ACS research, reviewing and prioritising external research and considering new areas of potential research within the convenience sector.