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

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

Latest press releases

Trade associations representing the UK convenience sector have given oral evidence to the... Click here
The Office for National Statistics has released figures on crime in England and Wales for... Click here
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a decision by LINK to cancel an... Click here
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This week the Centre for Social Justice has published a report called Desperate for a Fix, focusing... Click here

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ONS crime figures have revealed a 3% increase in shop theft over the last year:
ACS Welcomes APPG Recommendations on New Illicit Trade Group
ACS Welcomes LINK Revision of Interchange Fee Cuts For ATMs

ACS in the News

  • 20.07.2018 Supporting enterprise
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  • 20.07.2018 Only 9% of crimes result in a charge or summons
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  • 20.07.2018 Relief for retailers as LINK abandons ATM fee cuts
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  • 19.07.2018 Shoplifting increased by 3% over last year: ONS
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  • 19.07.2018 Shop theft rises 3% in past year
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  • 19.07.2018 ACS backs Best Small Shops Competition
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