New £1 Coin to Be Launched in March 2017

The Government has announced that the current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over 30 years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters. The new 12-sided coin resembles the old ‘threepenny bit’, with the Royal Mint claiming that it will be the world’s most secure coin in circulation.

Levels of counterfeit £1 coins have been as high as 3% in the past few years, equating to around 45 million coins. The new coin will aim to reduce the costs of counterfeits to businesses and the taxpayer.

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ACS Welcomes New HMRC Alcohol Strategy

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed HMRC’s new Alcohol Strategy, aimed at tackling the illicit trade in alcohol.

The strategy consists of three main parts:

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Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) Launches 100th Scheme

This week, Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) will launch its 100th scheme, in Biggleswade. The launch marks the introduction of Central Bedfordshire’s first CAP, as well as celebrating the success of CAPs across the country in tackling alcohol-related harm in local communities.

There is growing concern around the levels of underage drinking and street drinking in Biggleswade among local residents, councilors and retailers, so the timely introduction of a CAP will aim to tackle alcohol-related harm in the area.

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Guidance for Retailers on Reducing Crime in Store

ACS has produced comprehensive guidance for retailers on how to spot and reduce levels of crime in their stores as part of the 2016 Crime Report.

Every local shop is different and requires an individual assessment for what action a retailer may need to take. The new guidance includes information on crime prevention equipment including CCTV, external security measures, and locating high value product in sight of the till.

The Crime Guidance is broken into four main sections:

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Sewell Group MD Patrick Sewell to Speak at Summit 16

ACS will be welcoming Patrick Sewell, Managing Director and Main Board Director of the Sewell Group to speak at Summit 16 and share his expertise on forecourt retailing and securing successful partnerships within the industry.

Sewell Retail (Sewell Group and Sewell on the go) is comprised of 12 fuel and convenience stores in the greater Hull area, and they serve over four million customers a year.

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Convenience Stores Invest £596m Over Past Year

New research from the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed that local shops across the UK have invested well over half a billion pounds in their businesses over the last year.

The ACS Investment Tracker looks at the amount spent by convenience store owners on improving their stores through improvements to refrigeration, energy efficiency measures, full refits and other physical changes to stores.

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Great British High Streets Awards Launch Good Practice Guide

The Great British High Streets (GBHS) Awards Good Practice Guide, published last week, was launched by High Streets Minister Marcus Jones during a visit to 2015’s overall winning high street, Bishopthorpe Road in York.

The Great British High Street Awards 2015 sought to recognise that the high street is the life and soul of cities, towns and villages across the country, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs, and offering a much valued social space.

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Optimism Returning Among Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has revealed the latest findings from its Voice of Local Shops survey.  The research, based on interviews with 1,210 independent retailers each quarter, explores retailer optimism, recent sales experience, crime committed in stores, and retailers’ community activity.  Key findings from the survey conducted in February include:

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ACS Reaction: Welsh Public Health Bill Dropped by Assembly

The Welsh Assembly has voted down the Public Health Bill (Wales) which included proposals to introduce a tobacco register for retailers.

ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: "We are pleased the Welsh Assembly have dropped plans to introduce a retailer funded tobacco register that would have done little to tackle the illicit tobacco market and loaded further burdens on responsible retailers."

"We will continue to engage with the Welsh Government about tackling the illicit tobacco market after the Welsh Assembly Elections in May."

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