Book Your Place at the 2016 Local Shop Report Launch

Time is running out to book your place for the 2016 Local Shop Report launch, taking place on 7th September at Hotel Football in Manchester. The Local Shop Report is ACS’ flagship research project, bringing together information from trusted sources in the convenience sector with brand new information about the people running stores.

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Spar Retailer Discusses Fuel Theft and Business Rates with Steve Double MP

Spar retailer Namesh Nagamani has invited his local MP Steve Double into his store to discuss the issues affecting his business, including fuel theft and business rates.

The Spar convenience store at the BP Fuel station at Cornwall Gateway Services is located in the heart of Cornwall near Roche, and provides essential services to those in transit. Namesh’s store is open 24 hours and offers coffee, food to go, and range of other amenities.

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Enter Your Local Area into the 2016 Great British High Street Competition

ACS is encouraging retailers across the country to enter their villages, towns and cities into the Great British High streets competition 2016. Now in its 3rd year, the competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets and is an opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to learn from the very best.

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Retailers Urged to Prepare for Polymer Bank Notes

All retailers that handle cash must prepare their business ahead of the introduction of the new £5 polymer note, which will enter circulation on 13 September 2016. The new bank note will be printed on polymer, which is a thin flexible plastic material. Polymer notes last longer, stay cleaner and are harder to counterfeit than paper notes.

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Simply Fresh Retailer Talks Local Engagement with Karen Lumley MP

Simply Fresh retailer, Simon Biddle, met with his local MP, Karen Lumley, in his store to discuss key issues affecting his business, including parking and retail crime.

Simon Biddle’s store has been serving the community for thirty years, providing a wide range of fruit and vegetables, local produce, and freshly prepared food, including sandwiches, pizzas and ready meals, which are made on site.

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ACS Welcomes New Sentencing Guidelines on Alcohol Sale Offences

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on guidelines for alcohol sale offences, welcoming the Council’s proposed revisions to the way that magistrates deal with alcohol related offences.

The consultation looks at the guidance that magistrates are provided when deciding on the appropriate sentencing for alcohol related offences committed by retailers, such as the sale of alcohol to people under 18 and selling alcohol to people that are intoxicated.

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