Food Foundation Toolkit to Help Retailers Sell More Veg

UK consumers are buying two thirds less veg than the amount recommended by health experts. According to Government guidance on a healthy diet, 20% of our shopping should be made up of vegetables, but in reality we only reach 7.2%. Figures from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show that as many as 20,000 premature deaths annually in the UK could be avoided if we all ate more veg.

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ACS: Urgent Action Needed in Budget to Mitigate Impact of 2018 Rates Increase

ACS has reiterated its calls to the Chancellor to make the business rates system fairer in his first Autumn Budget on November 22nd.

The call comes as the Retail Prices Index for September 2017, which determines the level of the business rates increase for the following year, has reached 3.9%, which is the highest September rate since 2011.  

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High Streets Minister Outlines Support for Local Shops at Heart of the Community Conference

High Streets Minister Jake Berry will set out the Government’s plans to support local shops in an address to the annual ACS Heart of the Community Conference in London today (Tuesday).

The conference, held at Church House in Westminster on October 17th, features a range of speakers who shared their experiences of engaging in their communities, both with customers and local decision makers, and the benefit that local engagement has had on their businesses.

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Round Pound Coin to Exit Circulation after October 15th

After 15th October, the old round pound coin will no longer be legal tender.

The round £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters. Approximately one in thirty round £1 coins in circulation is a counterfeit. 

The Royal Mint introduced a new, highly secure coin on 28 March 2017 to reduce the costs of counterfeits.

From 16th October:

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ACS: Forecourt Stores Investing to Transform Food Offer

New research from the Association of Convenience Stores has shown the essential contribution that the UK's petrol forecourts make to the economy, to working people, and to communities. 

The 2017 Forecourt Report highlights the continuing evolution of forecourts as both retailers and service providers, with stores often leading the rest of the convenience sector in key growth areas like food to go, coffee and technology in-store. 

Key findings from the report include: 

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Bank of England Launches New Banknote Checking Scheme

The Bank of England’s new Banknote Checking Scheme has been launched this week, aimed at cash-handling businesses and promoting banknote checking at point of sale through targeted training. Its aim is to reduce the number of counterfeit notes being accepted and to reduce losses to businesses.

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One Week To Go Until Heart of the Community 2017

There is just one week remaining until ACS' headline political conference of the year, Heart of the Community 2017. 

This year's conference will take place at Church House, Westminster on 17th October between 12pm and 4pm and will feature a host of industry experts and senior MPs who will share their vision on how to engage locally and help local shops thrive in the future. 

Speakers at the event include: 

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Shadow Business Secretary Confirmed for Heart of the Community Conference

ACS is delighted to announce that Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey MP is confirmed to speak at the 2017 Heart of the Community Conference on October 17th in London.

At the event, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP will outline how a Labour Government would support the convenience sector, looking at business rates, employment costs and other pressures on the sector.

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New Track and Trace Proposals Could Impose Significant Burden on Convenience Sector

ACS has raised concerns about the costs and administrative burdens that new ‘Track and Trace’ proposals on tobacco could have on the convenience sector.

The EU Revised Tobacco Products Directive aims to introduce a method of tracking the sale of legitimate tobacco products through the supply chain. Up to this point, the Directive has stated that they would only affect the ‘last economic operator before the first retail outlet’ but the latest draft of the regulations includes a number of demands on retailers purchasing tobacco from a wholesaler.

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ACS Urges Government to Consider Retail Impact of Deposit Return Schemes

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove’s announcement of a new call for evidence on bottle deposit return schemes, urging the Government to consider the negative impact that such schemes would have on the convenience sector.

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