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ACS: Government Announces Ban on the Sale of Wood and Solid Fuels from 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has responded to their consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood in England, announcing plans to introduce restrictions on the sale of wood and a ban on coal from next year.

The government had previously consulted on measures in 2018 as a way to tackle air pollution due to domestic burning.

The government has confirmed in an announcement today that from February 2021, they will introduce the following:

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Crime Seminar!

Book your place at the ACS Crime Seminar, taking place on 10th March, from 9:30am to 12pm at the Conrad St James Hotel in Westminster.

The Crime Seminar will begin with the launch of ACS’ Crime Report 2020 and will give an exclusive first look at the findings before a discussion with a panel of police, retailers and industry experts.

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Polymer £20 Bank Notes Enter Circulation Today

From today (20th February) the new polymer £20 will enter circulation and begin appearing in ATMs across the UK.

The £20 polymer note has been designed to be the most secure banknote yet, incorporating sophisticated security features which are difficult to counterfeit but are simple for retailers to check.

The two main security features to look out for are:

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Government Announces Support for Businesses Affected by Flooding

The government has announced (18 February 2020) additional support for people affected by flooding following Storms Dennis and Ciara. 

Under the Flood Recovery Framework and as some affected areas move into recovery,  businesses will receive funding from their local councils after a set of support packages were announced by the Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Under the measures announced:  

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More Speakers Announced for Summit20!

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of RSA, has been announced as the latest speaker for Summit20! Appointed Chief Executive of the RSA in 2006, Matthew Taylor is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He has written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze.

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Community Access to Cash Pilot Scheme Launched Today

ACS has pledged to work with a new initiative to help communities retain free access to cash. Communities across the country are encouraged to apply to participate in the new Community Access to Cash Pilots which will help to test solutions to local access to cash needs, with the goal of developing scalable solutions which can inform national policy.

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ACS Summit20: Introducing ‘How to…’ Sessions

Summit20 is an unmissable event for anyone involved with the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers, and industry experts from around the world to explore the successes and challenges of the industry and discuss new ideas retailers can walk away with.

This year's event, taking place on March 31st at the Vox in Birmingham, will focus on two of the biggest questions facing the convenience sector in the future, looking at whether convenience stores are primarily food retailers, and how the role of colleagues is changing in store.

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ACS Welcomes Calls to Tackle Unregulated Car Washes

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed calls from Matthew Taylor, the Interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement for tighter regulation to tackle non-compliant hand car washes.

At an event at Resolution Foundation today (13th February), Matthew Taylor called for the introduction of a national licensing scheme to tackle “endemic non-compliance” in the hand car wash sector.

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