Councils Urged to Boost Access to Free to Use Cash Machines on High Street

Councils are being urged to use their business rates powers to increase access to free-to-use cash machines on high streets and in town centres.

Companies who install and operate cash machines generally pay business rates to the local authority for each machine.

Small convenience stores can struggle with this despite there being help available from Government that reduces costs by offering business rates discounts to these firms.

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Business Minister: Record Year for the High Street

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has revealed that retail sales are forecast to exceed £335bn in 2014, an increase of 15 per cent on 2010.

Estimates from BIS also show this has been a record year for smaller firms who have turned over £71bn over the last year.

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ACS Welcomes EU’s Fairer Card Fee Proposals

ACS has welcomed new measures to cap the costs retailers face when processing debit and credit cards. The EU intends to limit the ‘interchange fees’ charged by banks to card providers such as Visa and MasterCard to 0.2% on debit cards and 0.3% on credit cards.

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Lack of Local Plans Failing Town Centres

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a report by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee criticising the application of planning policy by local authorities.  In its report on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework, the Committee has drawn attention to shortcomings in the way planning decisions are reached, and has made a number of recommendations relating to town centres and retail planning, including:

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Retailer Raises Money for School with the Help of Local MP

Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe, spent Friday afternoon (15th December) working hard in one of his constituent's award-winning convenience store. Raaj Chandarana invited his local MP to be part of his annual community Christmas party at the High Wycombe store, Tara's News, after meeting him at the ACS Heart of the Community event in October.

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New Food Allergen Display Law Comes into Force Today

ACS is urging retailers to be prepared for the implementation of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation coming into force today (13th December).

The law will change the way customers need to be alerted to allergenic ingredients in food, especially loose foods or goods you package yourself. The law is designed to protect customers that suffer from allergic reactions to food, and will be enforced by Trading Standards Officers.  Breaches of the law may lead to enforcement action being taken against retailers.

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