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.

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

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Latest press releases

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation launched by... Click here
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched the ACS National Living Wage... Click here
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At the start of April, the rates retailers must pay their colleagues went up, specifically to £7.83... Click here

Twitter Updates

ACS Supports Protection of Shopworkers Bill in Scotland
RT @ChrisNoice: Early start at Heathrow this morning, heading off to Glasgow to take part in the judging for the @slrmag Rewards. Always a…
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ACS in the News

  • 19.04.2018 FWD warns retailers over soft drinks fraudsters
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  • 19.04.2018 Retail Risk London
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  • 17.04.2018 Energy Drink Sales to Children Next 17 April 2018
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  • 16.04.2018 Illicit tobacco and alcohol: ACS calls for tougher penalties
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  • 16.04.2018 ACS calls for better sanctions to tackle illicit trade
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  • 11.04.2018 Cigarettes worth £8,000 stolen in Spar store break-in
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