ACS: Introduction of New £1 Coin Must be Clearly Communicated to Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has warned that the introduction of a new £1 coin in March 2017 could cause disruption and confusion in stores if the changes are not properly communicated to retailers.

It has been confirmed that the new coin will be introduced in March 2017 and that there will be a six-month period of co-circulation, where the current £1 and the new £1 coins will both be in circulation.

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Advice for Retailers on Autumn Seasonal Products

Halloween and Bonfire Night often provide great opportunities for convenience store retailers to maximise their sales through seasonal products. However, there are a few things retailers should bear in mind during the autumn season. As a helping hand, ACS has produced Assured Advice Guides on ‘Preventing Underage Sales’ and ‘Selling Fireworks’. These guides provide extensive information about the laws and guidelines regarding the sale of some of the products which will be in high demand this week.

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Great British High Street Awards: Vote for Your Favourite

Twenty-seven finalists have the chance to impress an expert judging panel and battle it out in a public vote to be crowned Britain’s best high street.

Winners in each category will not only get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000, but they’ll also receive expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost their social media skills.

Between now and 18 November you can cast your vote via 

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Graham Stuart MP Visits High Street Convenience Store

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart has visited a Heron Foods store on Toll Gavel in Beverley town centre to discuss issues for the convenience sector and wider high street businesses. Heron Foods was established in 1979, but now trades from 250 stores, employing over 3,000 people.

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Lords Urged to Retain Current Licensing Act Objectives

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reiterated its calls on the House of Lords Licensing Act Committee to retain the current licensing objectives instead of imposing new restrictions on responsible retailers.

The Committee is currently hearing evidence on the impact that the current licensing laws have on public health.

In a written submission to the Committee earlier this year, ACS outlined a number of ways in which the Licensing Act could be improved for licensees, including:

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Guidance from ACS and Centrepoint on Retail Apprenticeships

The trade association representing local shops, and one of Britain’s biggest charities supporting young people have teamed up to offer apprenticeships in the convenience store sector.  ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) which represents the UK’s 50,000 convenience stores employing 390,000 people, is working with Centrepoint to give these businesses easy access to the system of apprenticeships which is at the heart of the government’s skills strategy.

Centrepoint works with ACS and its members to:

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HMRC Reveal £3.6bn Excise Duty Lost to Illicit Alcohol and Tobacco in 2015

In response to the publication of the latest HMRC Tax Gaps report, ACS has reiterated its call for tougher sanctions for retailers selling illicit alcohol and tobacco products, including the revocation of their alcohol licence.

The report reveals that the alcohol tax gap has risen from £1.3 billion in 2013-14 to £1.8 billion in 2014-15.

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Assured Advice Training Scheme for Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of its dedicated 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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Sherwood MP Visits Local Forecourt Store

MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer has visited a Londis convenience store and forecourt in his constituency operated by HKS Retail. Cyrus Kasraie, manager of the Rainworth store, detailed the changes the store has made to meet the needs of customers and the regulatory issues faced by the business. The store has recently installed an ATM to build on its service offer and provide access to cash for the local community.

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