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 Leah Myers via email at




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    ACS in the News

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  • 23.02.2017 Business Secretary and Ministers hold meeting with leading retailers
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  • 23.02.2017 Business rates: trade urges reform in letter to MPs
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  • 22.02.2017 Tobacco and plain packs – new ACS guide for retailers
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  • 22.02.2017 Retailers unite with authorities to target UK forecourt theft
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16:00 17.01.2017 Chief Executive's Blog: What Impact Brexit will have on the Convenience Sector What does today’s speech by Theresa May, outlining the UK’s approach to Brexit, mean for

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