Assured Advice Training Scheme for Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of a new platform to allow them to train their staff on Assured Advice.

The platform, which has been developed by online learning company Bolt, will allow any ACS member to sign up to the Assured Advice scheme and benefit from both the assurance of the guides and industry leading training modules for staff members.

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Want to be part of the digital high street?

A new pilot scheme is being launched in Gloucestershire to help high street businesses to work together to build their digital presence and promote their stores to customers.  The pilot is linked to the government's Future High Streets Forum, of which ACS is a board member.

The pilot will initially focus on Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud, and will include;

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Book Your Place for the ACS / PRA Forecourt Seminar on July 6th

The ACS Forecourt Seminar, taking place on the 6th of July is an unmissable industry event, packed with exciting ideas and concepts for both existing forecourt retailers and convenience retailers looking to expand their store’s offering to include selling fuel.

This year’s event, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, will be split into three thought-provoking feature sessions looking at the challenges currently facing forecourt stores, examples of best practice from around the UK, and uncovering ideas for the future.

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New Guidance for Retailers on Psychoactive Substances Regulations

ACS has published new guidance ahead of the Psychoactive Substances Act coming into force on May 26th.

The primary purpose of the new legislation is to stop the sale of items that are commonly known as ‘legal highs’. However, the Act will also have implications for responsible retailers, which in many cases will sell potentially psychoactive substances such as butane and solvents entirely legitimately.

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ACS Launches New Guidance for Retailers on Tobacco Legislation Changes


ACS has produced comprehensive new guidance for retailers on the upcoming changes to tobacco retailing coming into force as part of the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive and Standardised Packaging legislation.

From this Friday (20th May 2016), manufacturers will only be able to produce tobacco in standardised packaging and in a minimum pack size of 20, with restrictions also being put in place for roll your own tobacco. Retailers have a sell-through period of one year in which to ensure that all of their stock is compliant with the new regulations.

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Queen’s Speech: Government Confirms Business Rates Devolution; Soft Drinks Levy

The Government has set out its legislative agenda for the upcoming parliament, confirming the introduction of proposals announced by the Chancellor and Prime Minister over the last year including the local retention of business rates and a new levy on soft drinks.

The new Local Growth and Jobs Bill will put a framework in place to allow local authorities to retain 100% of the business rates they levy. Mayors will also be given the power to raise additional funding for infrastructure projects if they have the support of local businesses.

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Last Chance to Book for ACS Responsible Retailing Forum

Time is running out to book your place at the Responsible Retailing Forum, taking place this Thursday, 19th May at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

The forum will guarantee you are up-to-date with all of the fast-changing retail legislation and enable you to update your store’s policies and procedures. Speakers confirmed for the Responsible Retailing Forum include:

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