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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 has responded to a Home Affairs Select Committee consultation on violence and abuse... Click here
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has submitted evidence to the Treasury ahead... Click here
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the... Click here

Twitter Updates

ACS: Government Must Go Further to Clamp Down on Violence and Abuse Against Shopworkers
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We're calling on retailers to take part in our 2021 Crime Survey to ensure that every voice is heard. The evidence…
Budget 2021: Local Shops Call for Extended Business Rates Support to Avoid Spike in Operating Costs…

ACS in the News

  • 15.01.2021 Government must do more to protect shopworkers, says ACS
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  • 15.01.2021 ACS calls for rates relief to be extended in the next Budget due in March
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  • 15.01.2021 ACS calls for extension of business rates support
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  • 14.01.2021 ACS welcome plastic bag charge rise in Scotland
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  • 13.01.2021 United front as Sheffield's hospitality, retail and leisure firms join national campaign for survival
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  • 12.01.2021 Retailers plead with public to follow Covid rules
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