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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 called on the Welsh Government to drop its ban on so called ‘non-essential’... Click here
The Welsh Government have now confirmed guidance for retailers on the types of products... Click here
ACS has written to the Transport Secretary, calling on the Government to support the UK’s... Click here

Twitter Updates

We've reiterated our calls to First Minister @MarkDrakeford to drop the confusing, unnecessary non-essential produc…
RT @ChrisNoice: Have the Welsh Government considered the huge impact that all of this confusion is having on the thousands of colleagues wo…
RT @ChrisNoice: In March, the restrictions on non essential products didn't require stores selling mixed product ranges to stop selling dif…
RT @ChrisNoice: The Welsh Health Minister @vaughangething on @bbc5live just now: - Can't decide whether it's an economic justification or…

ACS in the News

  • 27.10.2020 Wales to review restrictions on sale of non-essential products
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  • 27.10.2020 Food industry leaders warn of Northern Ireland separation over Brexit
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  • 26.10.2020 ACS again calls on Welsh government to drop ‘non-essentials’ ban
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  • 26.10.2020 Welsh government reviews lockdown rules for sale of ‘non-essential’ products as protests mount
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  • 26.10.2020 Fury as sanitary products deemed ‘non-essential’ in Wales
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  • 26.10.2020 A Tesco shopper in Wales was told she couldn’t buy sanitary products due to lockdown rules - here’s what happened
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