ACS is an established, credible and influential voice for the local shop sector in Government. ACS ensures that local shops are heard at national, local and European level. This is achieved by remaining plugged into key decision makers within Government and Parliament.


Queen’s Speech 2017

The Queen’s Speech was a relatively quiet one for the domestic agenda, but there were still relevant policy announcements. During the speech, the Queen stated that the Government ‘will ensure fairer markets for consumers, this will include bringing forward measures to help tackle unfair practices in the energy market to help reduce energy bills.’

Also in the speech, a commitment was made to raise the level of the National Living Wage ‘so that people who are on the lowest pay benefit from the same improvements in earnings as higher paid workers.’ The Conservative Manifesto reaffirmed a commitment made before the election to raise the National Living Wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020.

Our full briefing on the Queen’s Speech is available here and a video talking through the main points of the Queen’s Speech is below.


General Election 2017

ACS’ post-election priorities for Government focus on four key areas:

  • Reforming the business rates system so that it is fair, transparent and incentivises businesses to invest. Full briefing on business rates is available here.
  • Helping local shops employ and train more people by reducing the cost of employment, allowing more flexible use of the Apprenticeship Levy and depoliticising low pay issues. Full briefing on employment is available here.
  • Increasing funding for councils to delivery more cleaning and litter structure, helping to educate consumers about litter and extending the successful 5p charge on carrier bags to all shops in England. Full briefing on litter is available here.
  • Tackling shop theft by creating a uniform reporting mechanism for local shops to report low value shop theft offences, and making better use of existing sanctions for theft. Full briefing on retail crime is available here.

One of the easiest ways to get involved with local politics is to host a store visit to explain the issues facing your business to your MP. Retailers looking to arrange a store visit with their MP should contact Steve Dowling at steve.dowling@acs.org.uk

your MP

Use our postcode tool to send your MP an email asking for a store visit in your constituency. Engaging with an MP in your store is one of the best ways to voice your concerns about the issues that affect your business, whether they are local issues like parking or planning or national issues like business rates and rising employment costs.

Constituency Cards

If you would like a constituency card to send to your MP, please contact Chris Noice at chris.noice@acs.org.uk.

Constituency cards contain specific information about the number of convenience stores in your constituency, as well as the number of jobs that those stores provide; a breakdown of the profiles of staff, and key information about store owners in the area.