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Book Your Place at the 2016 Local Shop Report Launch

Written by Leah Myers

Time is running out to book your place for the 2016 Local Shop Report launch, taking place on 7th September at Hotel Football in Manchester. The Local Shop Report is ACS’ flagship research project, bringing together information from trusted sources in the convenience sector with brand new information about the people running stores. This year […]

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DCLG Launches Best Twitter Shop Competition

Written by Leah Myers

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a Best Shop on Twitter category as part of the Great British High Street competition. By joining forces with Twitter UK, the GBHS award aims to unveil independent shops that are successfully using Twitter as a way to promote their business and drive footfall to their […]

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Retailers Urged to Prepare for Polymer Bank Notes

Written by Leah Myers

All retailers that handle cash must prepare their business ahead of the introduction of the new £5 polymer note, which will enter circulation on 13 September 2016. The new bank note will be printed on polymer, which is a thin flexible plastic material. Polymer notes last longer, stay cleaner and are harder to counterfeit than […]

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Government Publishes Obesity Strategy including Plans for Soft Drinks Levy

Written by Chris Noice

The Government has published its Childhood Obesity strategy, confirming plans for a levy on soft drinks manufacturers that produce high sugar products in addition to a range of other measures. The measures announced today include: Introducing a soft drinks industry levy on manufacturers of drinks with added sugar, and total sugar content of five grams […]

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Book Now for the 2016 ACS Heart of the Community Conference

Written by Leah Myers

ACS’ unmissable political event, Heart of the Community 2016, will take place on 11th October at Church House in Westminster, offering retailers the chance to voice their concerns through unrivalled access to key MPs and Ministers. The conference will bring Parliamentarians together with retailers and industry experts so they can discuss key issues affecting the […]

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Enter Your Local Area into the 2016 Great British High Street Competition

Written by Chris Noice

ACS is encouraging retailers across the country to enter their villages, towns and cities into the Great British High streets competition 2016. Now in its 3rd year, the competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets and is an opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers […]

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Retailers Urged to Prepare for Polymer Bank Notes

Written by Chris Noice

All retailers that handle cash must prepare their business ahead of the introduction of the new £5 polymer note, which will enter circulation on 13 September 2016. The new bank note will be printed on polymer, which is a thin flexible plastic material. Polymer notes last longer, stay cleaner and are harder to counterfeit than […]

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Simply Fresh Retailer Talks Local Engagement with Karen Lumley MP

Written by Leah Myers

Simply Fresh retailer, Simon Biddle, met with his local MP, Karen Lumley, in his store to discuss key issues affecting his business, including parking and retail crime. Simon Biddle’s store has been serving the community for thirty years, providing a wide range of fruit and vegetables, local produce, and freshly prepared food, including sandwiches, pizzas […]

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ACS Welcomes New Sentencing Guidelines on Alcohol Sale Offences

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on guidelines for alcohol sale offences, welcoming the Council’s proposed revisions to the way that magistrates deal with alcohol related offences. The consultation looks at the guidance that magistrates are provided when deciding on the appropriate sentencing for alcohol related offences committed […]

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