ACS Safe and Responsible Retailing Conference

One Week Until the Safe & Responsible Retailing Conference!

There’s just one week to go until the 2024 Safe + Responsible Retailing Conference, taking place at the Eastside Rooms, Central Birmingham on Tuesday 5th March.

Featuring the launch of the ACS 2024 Crime Report, this event will highlight the extent of crime and abuse in the convenience sector while bringing together experts in crime prevention, responsible retailing, and product regulation to better equip you with the necessary tools to navigate through these issues.

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Man reaching for shelf displaying food high in HFSS

Scottish Government Publishes Plans for More Restrictive HFSS Rules

The Scottish Government has published its plans to restrict the sale of HFSS products through additional rules on price promotions and the location of HFSS products in stores, with the intention of putting in place more restrictions than those already in place in England.

While the proposals, scheduled for implementation 12 months after regulations are laid in the Scottish Parliament, broadly follow those that have been introduced in England, additional restrictions being proposed include:

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Chief Executive's Blog: Government 'Acting Decisively' on Vapes?

It's frustrating that policy-makers still seem to think that banning something will mean it ceases to exist. The Scottish Government has published the statutory instrument it will use to ban disposable vapes and by the time you read this Westminster may well have followed suit, with both jurisdictions deliberately using the parliamentary mechanism that will attract the least debate and attention. 

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ACS Sets Out Vape Ban Concerns to Lorna Slater MSP

ACS has written to the Scottish Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity Lorna Slater MSP, raising concerns about the impact that a ban on disposable vapes would have on responsible retailers. 

The Scottish Government set out its plans to go ahead with a ban on disposable vapes last week with the publication of draft regulations and a two week consultation period. The ban is scheduled to come into force in April 2025. 

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Vaping regs

Scottish Government Confirms Plans to Ban Disposable Vapes in 2025

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Scottish Government to consider the impact of its proposed disposable vaping ban on the illicit market. 

The Scottish Government has today published regulations and a short two week consultation on plans to ban disposable vapes by April 2025. 

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ACS Tech & Solutions Showcase

Entries Open for the 2024 Tech and Solutions Showcase!

ACS is encouraging retailers and suppliers to be part of this year’s Tech and Solutions Showcase and Hosted One2Ones!

Taking place at the Stoller Hall in Manchester on Tuesday June 4th, the Technology & Solutions Showcase is an opportunity for leading suppliers into the convenience sector to share the latest technological developments and services that can make life easier for retailers, improve their bottom line, and take their businesses to the next level.

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Stop Shop Theft

Welsh Cross Party Group Discusses Action on Retail Crime with South Wales PCC

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has shared findings on the extent of retail crime at a meeting of the Welsh Cross Party Group on Small Shops, chaired by Vikki Howells MS.

During the meeting, ACS highlighted the level of crime experience by convenience stores, including; shop theft, abuse and violence, and burglaries and robberies against retailers. The meeting also heard from Tenby retailer Vince Malone, who shared his experience of crimes committed against his business.

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Cadbury: Yours for 200 years, The Great Retail Ideas Exchange

Supplier News: In 2024 Cadbury, the Nation's Favourite Chocolate Brand, Celebrates its 200th Year!

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To show its thanks to the retailers who have helped support the brand throughout its long history, Cadbury is continuing the gift of giving and the spirit of generosity by getting store owners to share their Great Retail Ideas and entering those ideas via a competition to win huge cash prizes!

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Supplier News: DSL Group Extends its Reach to over 850+ Morrisons Daily Convenience Stores

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We are thrilled to announce that DSL Group, a trusted market leader within the convenience sector, has extended its reach to over 850+ Morrisons Daily Convenience stores across the UK. This exciting expansion allows us to bring our premium phone accessories range to a wider audience, making it more convenient for customers to access our products.

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