Alcohol Taskforce Reports on Plans to Tackle Duty Fraud

The Joint Alcohol Anti-Fraud Taskforce has published their 2015 annual report, outlining the progress being made by the task force in tackling the illicit alcohol trade.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The work of the task force is essential in the fight against the illicit alcohol trade, which costs around £1.3bn a year in lost revenue every year. Retailers who sell illicit alcohol are damaging legitimate businesses. Our position on these retailers is clear – they should lose their alcohol licence.”

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Retailers Urged to Write to MPs on Sunday Trading Changes

Retail industry bodies the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) have called on local shop owners to write to their MPs explaining the negative impact that proposed changes to Sunday Trading regulations could have on their business.

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Low Pay Commission Must Consider Damaging Impact of Living Wage

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the Low Pay Commission to fully consider the impact of the national living wage on local shops and other businesses after a consultation was published today seeking views on the issue.

The Commission’s consultation asks for views on the future rate of the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage, although the National Living Wage rate of £7.20 per hour for 2016 has already been dictated by the Chancellor in the 2015 Budget.

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ACS Launches Guide for Retailers on Welcoming Disabled Customers

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has today launched new guidance for retailers on how to meet the needs of disabled customers in store.

The guide has been developed in partnership with the Business Disability Forum, and covers a range of issues including wheelchair access, how to assist blind or visually impaired customers and how to assist those with dementia.

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ACS: Latest Government Figures Highlight Need For Universal Carrier Bag Charging

ACS has urged the government to include small businesses in the upcoming carrier bag charge in England after new figures from WRAP showed that single-use carrier bag usage in England rose by 200m in the last year.

From October this year, all businesses that employ 250 or more staff will have to charge customers a minimum of 5p for each single-use carrier bag. ACS has previously called for small businesses to be included within the charge to prevent consumer and retailer confusion over which shops do and don’t charge for carrier bags.

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Local Shops Successful at Preventing Underage Sales

New data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has show that smoking and drinking rates have fallen and young people are less likely to access these products from shops.

The ‘Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2014’ report shows that 58% of regular smokers between the ages of 11 and 15 attempted and were refused when trying to buy cigarettes in a shop in 2014, a decrease from 85% in 1998. In addition, the report also shows that just 11% of current underage drinkers bought alcohol from a shop or supermarket in 2014.

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Book Now for the ACS Local Shop Report 2015 Launch

Book your FREE place now for the launch of the latest installment of ACS’ flagship research project, ‘The Local Shop Report 2015’, unveiling key insights into the convenience store industry.

The report will be launched at an exclusive event at Hotel Football in Manchester on 9th September 2015 and will be attended by a host of research experts, retailers and suppliers.

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Government Provides Guidance for Retailers on October’s Carrier Bag Charges

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published additional guidance for retailers about the upcoming carrier bag charges which comes into force on 5th October this year.

From October, businesses in England who employ 250 or more members of staff will be required to charge customers 5p for every single use carrier bag that they give out and report the number of bags sold annually to DEFRA. Similar systems already apply to retailers in Scotland and Wales.

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