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, Communications Executive at

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ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has given the Ofgem a flavour of the... Click here
New figures from the Association of Convenience Stores have revealed that fewer than one... Click here
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Less Than One Week to Respond to Violence and Abuse Call for Evidence
The Home Office's call for evidence on violence and abuse against shop staff is closing this Friday. There is still…
Figures from the 2018 Local Shop Report show that over the last year, 81% of independent retailers engaged in some…
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ACS in the News

  • 24.06.2019 How the British Corner shop has evolved
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  • 21.06.2019 Co-op calls for action to tackle attacks against shop workers
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  • 21.06.2019 C-stores visited by energy regulator
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  • 20.06.2019 'I have never seen that much blood, the entire shop floor was covered in it' - life on the frontline of retail as the Co-op demands new laws for store crime
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  • 20.06.2019 Independent C-Stores Holding Off Investment Due To Higher Costs And Brexit
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  • 19.06.2019 Independents’ investment plans at record low
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