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 has reiterated its calls to the Chancellor to make the business rates system fairer... Click here
High Streets Minister Jake Berry will set out the Government’s plans to support local... Click here
New research from the Association of Convenience Stores has shown the essential... Click here
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I’m really buzzing after a great hustings event today run by ACS with our friends at the Federation... Click here

Twitter Updates

Urgent action needed in Budget to mitigate impact of rates increases after RPI reaches 3.9%
RT @ChristieCoUK: Our Retail team is at @ACS_LocalShops Heart of the Community event, talking about retailer impact & role in local communi…
RT @LukeGrahamMP: Discussing small business investment and support with @ACS_LocalShops thanks to @scottmann4NC for hosting…

ACS in the News

  • 23.10.2017 Retail groups reveal Autumn Budget wish list
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  • 22.10.2017 National Business Crime Centre launched
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  • 19.10.2017 Bill Esterson pledges Labour will reform business rates and end 'sweetheart tax deals'
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  • 18.10.2017 Labour vows to revalue business rates EVERY year in bid to help struggling firms
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  • 18.10.2017 Mersey Labour MP unveils ‘radical reforms’ for UK business rates
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  • 18.10.2017 Labour and Tories point the finger on rates relief failures
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