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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.

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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

Latest press releases

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has submitted evidence to a government... Click here
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Twitter Updates

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ACS: Local Shops Play Vital Role in their Communities and the Economy
RT @PayPoint: It's important to remember there may be some customers who need additional support when visiting your store. @ACS_LocalShops
ACS: New State Aid Rules Must Not Penalise the Convenience Sector

ACS in the News

  • 09.04.2021 Editor’s comment: True cost of retail crime
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  • 09.04.2021 Big story: Home delivery
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  • 09.04.2021 ACS calls for ‘low-risk’ designation for c-stores within new subsidy regime
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  • 08.04.2021 ACS give evidence to government taskforce on regulatory reform
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  • 07.04.2021 State aid rules must not penalise the convenience sector, ACS says
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  • 07.04.2021 New polymer £50
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