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

New research published today (15th January) by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS... Click here
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Scottish Government’s... Click here
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the latest findings of the... Click here
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The UK’s approach to immigration, announced on Wednesday 19 December with the publication of a... Click here

Twitter Updates

Listen to ACS chief executive @JMLowman talk about the launch of our 2019 Welsh Local Shop Report. Read the full re…
We are calling on AMs to support the Statement of Opinion tabled by @jfinchsaunders recognising the value of conven…
RT @thoughtsfromhim: Our expert panel hosted by @ronyhegs of @TheGrocer includes @JMLowman of @ACS_LocalShops, Alan Mahon of @BrewGoodr and…
RT @ChrisNoice: Busy morning, recorded a new episode of the Local Shop podcast with @steveoneill77 and @JMLowman earlier on tech, and now k…

ACS in the News

  • 15.01.2019 Welsh convenience stores invested £44m in 2018, says ACS
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  • 15.01.2019 Welsh c-stores invested £44m in 2018
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  • 12.01.2019 Addewid o bump-yr-wythnos i achub siop leol rhag cau
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  • 11.01.2019 ACS deems product location restriction impractical for small stores
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  • 11.01.2019 Pair charged with shoplifting at Marks and Spencer in Dorking
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  • 11.01.2019 Staying sharp
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