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ACS’ core purpose is to lobby Government on the issues that make a difference to local shops.

We represent the interests of retailers on a range of issues, including business rates, energy, regulation, planning, alcohol and many more. In 2012, we expanded this lobbying activity to provide authoritative information about the convenience sector through a number of research projects, including the Voice of Local Shops Survey and the annual Local Shop Report.

Contact Us

All press enquiries should be directed to Chris Noice, Head of Communications. Call 01252 515001 / 07812 144439 or email

If you would like to be added to ACS’ press release list please contact Chloe Heyde, Communications Executive at

Latest press releases

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reiterated calls to the Government to... Click here
ACS has joined forces with Scotland’s leading business representative groups and sectoral... Click here
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Twitter Updates

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RT @NisaRetail: What a wonderfully worthwhile campaign launched by @ACS_LocalShops + @alzheimerssoc. The role of an #indie c-store retailer…
RT @MeganHumphrey_: Bravo to @ACS_LocalShops latest campaign to create 25,000 Dementia Friends in convenience. Read more about it over @bet

ACS in the News

  • 17.01.2020 Editor’s comment: Tackling dementia
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  • 16.01.2020 ACS aims to create 25,000 Dementia Friends in convenience sector
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  • 16.01.2020 Retail sector pushes government to act to protect colleagues
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  • 15.01.2020 ACS repeats calls for government to tackle abuse of shopworkers
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  • 15.01.2020 Commerce unites to save the Uniform Business Rate
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  • 15.01.2020 Business groups write to MSPs over business rates
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