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

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    ACS in the News

  • 21.06.2017 Queen's Speech: No mention of business rates reform
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  • 21.06.2017 Queen's Speech: Energy reform must 'include small businesses'
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  • 21.06.2017 C-store retailers investing more in their businesses
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  • 19.06.2017 Champions Sparkle at GroceryAid Quiz Night
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  • 14.06.2017 Stores urged to design out weak spots
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15:51 02.06.2017 Chief Executive's Blog: Small Business Hustings I’m really buzzing after a great hustings event today run by ACS with our friends

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