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 Leah Myers via email at




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    ACS in the News

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  • 28.03.2017 UK Government delays Making Tax Digital drive
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  • 27.03.2017 Independent retailers deserve a fair deal on business rates
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  • 27.03.2017 The new £1 coin comes out tomorrow and this is what you should know
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  • 27.03.2017 C-stores’ investment levels plummet ahead of cost rises
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  • 27.03.2017 Store investment falls as rates and wages bite
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09:38 13.03.2017 Chief Executive’s Blog: Budget Verdict Last weekend I wrote in The Grocer about my hopes and fears for the

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