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 at

Latest press releases

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to implement a... Click here
ACS has welcomed Local Government Minister Marcus Jones’ intervention to speed up the... Click here
The Environmental Audit Committee has relaunched its inquiry into disposable coffee cups... Click here
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Latest blog

I’m really buzzing after a great hustings event today run by ACS with our friends at the Federation... Click here

Twitter Updates

We've called for proper reform of the business rates system in our submission to the Autumn Budget…
RT @katercarroll: All @ACS_LocalShops members can register here: Hope to see lots of @NisaRetail indie retailers t…
Financial Times featuring #localshopreport stats in their piece on the changing convenience sector today:
New tobacco Track and Trace proposals could impose 'significant time and cost burden' on retailers

ACS in the News

  • 24.09.2017 Only half of all convenience stores get ‘fair’ utilities deal
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  • 22.09.2017 Minister's intervention over rate relief welcomed by ACS
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  • 22.09.2017 Tobacco sales decline is exaggerated, say retailers
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  • 21.09.2017 ACS warning over proposed EU tobacco regulations
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  • 21.09.2017 ACS critical of EU measures to tackle illegal tobacco trade
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  • 20.09.2017 Indies concerned over EU tobacco track and trace proposals
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