New Minimum Wage Rates Apply from October 1st 2016

Written by Chris Noice

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations for minimum wage rates for 2016-17, with the new rates to apply from October 1st. The rates applicable for those aged 25 or under are set out below. For those over 25 the national living wage – currently £7.20 – will apply. The Low Pay Commission […]

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ACS Renews Call for Universal Carrier Bag Charge in England

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has reiterated its calls to Government to remove the exemption for small businesses on single use carrier bags in England. Under the current regulations, small businesses with fewer than 250 employees are exempt from the carrier bag charging regulations, meaning that they do not have to charge 5p for single use bags. However, many […]

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Government Figures Show Overall Fall in Retail Business Rates Bills

Written by Leah Myers

The Government has published headline figures on the results of the revaluation of business rates, announcing that rateable values in the retail sector are set to increase by an average of 4.7% across the UK, although this is heavily influenced by a 26.2% increase in rateable values in London, with most regions in England and […]

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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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ACS: Rates Retention Plans Must Incentivise Growth in Small Businesses

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Department for Communities and Local Government to ensure that small businesses do not lose out as a result of plans to allow local authorities to keep 100% of their business rates income. Under the proposals, local authorities will be incentivised to permit large business developments […]

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ACS Announces New Chair and Deputy Chair

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has confirmed the appointment of Patrick Sewell and Debbie Robinson as chair and deputy chair respectively. Patrick will take on the chairmanship of ACS from 1 November 2016, having served as deputy chair since 2014. Patrick will replace Palmer and Harvey Group Strategy and Development Director Paul Hagon as chair, who remains on the […]

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Welsh Assembly Member Janet Finch-Saunders Elected Chair of Cross Party Group on Small Shops

Written by Chris Noice

Janet Finch-Saunders AM has been re-elected as Chairperson of the Cross Party Group on Small Shops in the Welsh Assembly. Aberconwy AM and Shadow Secretary for Local Government, Janet Finch-Saunders, said: “I am delighted once more to Chair the Cross Party Group on Small Shops. Our first meeting of the new Assembly term was positive, […]

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ACS and Centrepoint Team Up on Retail Apprenticeships

Written by Leah Myers

The trade association representing local shops, and one of Britain’s biggest charities supporting young people have teamed up to offer apprenticeships in the convenience store sector.  ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) which represents the UK’s 50,000 convenience stores employing 390,000 people, is working with Centrepoint to give these businesses easy access to the system […]

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Nuneaton MP Visits Local Heron Foods Store

Written by Chris Noice

MP for Nuneaton Marcus Jones has visited a Heron Foods store on Nuneaton high street to discuss access to high streets and business rates. Charles Whyte, Heron Foods Area Manager said, “It was great to meet Marcus at our Nuneaton store, I am grateful for him taking the time out of his busy schedule to […]

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ACS Welcomes Small Business Rate Relief Extension in Wales

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that the Small Business Rate Relief scheme will be extended for 2017-18 and made permanent in 2018. Businesses with a rateable value of up to £6,000 will continue to receive 100% relief, while those with a rateable value of between £6,000 and £12,000 […]

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