Retailers Highlight Challenges of Living Wage Costs to Low Pay Commission

ACS members have highlighted the impact that the introduction of the National Living Wage is having on their businesses as part of a series of Low Pay Commission visits across the UK.

The visits took place as part of the Low Pay Commission’s consultation process on future wage rates, talking directly to business owners about the impact that rises in National Minimum Wage and Living Wage costs have on the profitability and viability of their businesses.

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Local Shops Expect Improved Sales, but Staff Cut after Living Wage Hike

New research of independent retailers by ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has revealed improved sales performance on previous quarters, and growing optimism about future sales.  However, retailers are cutting back staff hours as they come to terms with the introduction of the national living wage.

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Newly Elected PCCs Urged to Support Local Shops on Shop Theft

ACS is calling on convenience retailers to engage with their newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners and work with them on raising the profile and importance of crime against their businesses, especially on the issue of penalties for shop theft offences.

Ahead of the elections on May 5th, ACS contacted a number of candidates across England and Wales, asking them to commit to a series of measures that would help local shops deal with crime in their area.

The commitments were:

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Book Your Place for the Responsible Retailing Forum on May 19th

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

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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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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Book now for the ACS Forecourt Seminar

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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Manifestos at a Glance: ACS Highlights Key Pledges of Major Parties

ACS has produced easy to follow guides on the manifesto pledges of the main parties ahead of the local and national elections tomorrow.

The guides look at how each party plans to tackle the issues of business rates, employment, public health, high streets and other key areas with policies that will affect local shops.

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Complete the ACS Colleague Survey for the Chance to Win an iPad Mini

ACS has launched a new survey of the people working in the convenience sector, looking into more depth at their career paths, the pressures they face, their other jobs and commitments, and the benefits of working in the convenience sector.

The colleague survey marks the first time that ACS has heard directly from staff as part of its research programme. The aim of the survey is to show the versatility, importance and development opportunities that employment in the convenience sector offers.

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