ACS Questions Effectiveness of Soft Drinks Levy; Raises Concerns about Impact on Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to focus on tackling obesity through a partnership approach with retailers and suppliers, rather than instead of imposing a levy on soft drinks.  ACS has responded to the government’s consultation on the introduction of the levy.

The Government’s proposals would see soft drinks with a sugar content of 8g per 100ml or more taxed at 24p per litre, while drinks with 5g to 8g of sugar per 100ml will be taxed at a lower rate of 18p per litre. The plans will exclude pure fruit juices and milk-based drinks.

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Heart of the Community Conference Focuses on Importance of Local Engagement

ACS’ annual political conference, Heart of the Community, took place in Westminster on 11th of October. The event was chaired by journalist Victoria Derbyshire, and gave over 200 convenience store retailers the chance to hear how politics affects their businesses, provided a platform for them to speak directly to MPs, and also learn more about how they can further engage locally.

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Last Chance to Book for Heart of the Community 2016

ACS’ unmissable political event, Heart of the Community Conference 2016 will take place tomorrow, the 11th October at Church House in Westminster and will offer retailers the chance to voice their concerns through unrivalled access to key MPs and Ministers.

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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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Gap Widens Between Stores as Convenience Sector Invests over £210m in Last Quarter

The ACS Investment Tracker has revealed a mixed picture of investment in Britain’s local shops.  Convenience stores across the UK have invested a record £210m in store improvements in the past three months, driven by multiple convenience retailers spending  around £9,500 per store.  However, investment levels among independent retailers have fallen to their lowest level since the survey began in 2012.

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