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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

The Welsh Government has announced plans to proceed with an Order to remove Small... Click here
Convenience retailers are responding with caution to continued uncertainty around the... Click here
New research launched today (3rd December) by the Association of Convenience Stores has... Click here

Twitter Updates

ACS: Entries Now Open for 2020 Technology Showcase!
Listen to the latest episode of the Local Shop Podcast, where @ChrisNoice @JMLowman and Katie Cross talk about what…
ACS: Scottish Deposit Return Scheme Must Consider Impact on Small Shops
ACS: Welsh Government to Remove Rates Relief on ATMs

ACS in the News

  • 10.12.2019 Letter: Violence in shops
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  • 10.12.2019 Deposit return scheme must consider impact on small shops, says committee
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  • 09.12.2019 Welsh government to remove rates relief on ATMs
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  • 09.12.2019 Shutting up shop: HR on the high street
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  • 06.12.2019 Convenience Retailers Rein In Investment Amid Uncertainty
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  • 06.12.2019 GL Hearn forum: making the case for business rates change
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