Crime Costs Each Local Shop £3,750 a Year

The 2016 ACS Crime Report has revealed that crime against local shops is costing an estimated £122m, or £2,370 per store. On top of this, the average store is investing £1,379 in crime prevention. The total costs of crime and crime prevention equate to the cost of employing over 12,000 additional full time staff in stores.

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ACS Budget Reaction

Further to the Chancellor’s Budget speech here are further comments from ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) on measures included in the Budget Documents:


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Budget Reaction: ACS Welcomes Increase in Small Business Rate Relief

ACS has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that the small business rate relief threshold will be raised to £15,000 rateable value from £6,000.

In the Budget, the Chancellor also announced that from 2020, future business rates increases will be based on CPI rather than RPI, which should lead to less steep increases in rates bills for retailers.

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Chief Executive's Blog: What Should Retailers Expect from the Budget?

There’s plenty of discussion in the media about business rates policy, with most retail and wider business groups agreeing there needs to be a change to the way rates are calculated and collected (see businesses organisations agreed position here). But what specifics should we expect, or hope for, when the Chancellor stands up on Wednesday?

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ACS Warns of Impact of Further Wage Rises

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has warned that increases in the National Minimum Wage rate for people aged 24 and under will reduce investment and job creation by local shops.  The government has today accepted and published recommendations by the Low Pay Commission for the following minimum hourly wage rates to apply from October 2016:

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Book Now for the ACS Crime Seminar and Crime Report Launch

The Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime, Karen Bradley will address this year’s ACS Crime Seminar which will take place on Thursday 17th March at Methodist Central Hall, London.

Last year the sector lost over £35m to theft alone, so it’s essential that retailers take precautions to safeguard store profits. The seminar will hear from industry experts about how to successfully tackle retail crime and will also provide networking opportunities for retailers.

Confirmed speakers at the Crime Seminar include:

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Local Shops Welcome Parliament's Decision to Retain Sunday Trading Laws

Local shops across the UK have welcomed parliament’s decision to reject changes to Sunday trading laws in vote on the Enterprise Bill this afternoon.

The proposals, which would have seen local councils given the power to remove Sunday trading hours in their local area, were rejected by 317 votes to 286 as MPs supported David Burrowes campaign to retain the existing laws.

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Last Minute Impact Assessment Nothing More than Advocacy Document

Hours before MPs are set to vote on the future of Sunday trading regulations in England and Wales, the Government have published its impact assessment on the proposals.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “This so-called impact assessment does nothing more than reiterate the Government’s shoddy decade old evidence for change, whilst continuing to ignore the concerns of shop workers, retailers and consumers. For the Government to release this assessment mere minutes before the debate on Sunday trading is a disgrace.”

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MPs Urged to Vote Against Chaotic Sunday Trading Proposals

Campaign group Keep Sunday Special have reissued their calls to MPs to vote against proposals to devolve Sunday trading hours to local authorities, highlighting the failure of Government officials to go through a legitimate and robust consultation process in making their decision.

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