Information for Retailers on the New £1 Coin

The Government and Royal Mint are supporting retailers to prepare as the 30-year-old round pound coin is brought out of circulation and replaced with a new 12-sided version. The target week for the introduction of the new coin is the last week of March 2017.

The new pound coin will be the most secure of its kind in the world. This is to combat counterfeiters. There are around 45 million counterfeit £1 coins currently in circulation, generating significant cost to industry and taxpayers.

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Retailers Urged to Take Part in 2017 Crime Survey

ACS is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of the Crime Survey 2017.

The survey asks retailers to outline the number of incidents of crime they have experienced, including shop theft, robberies and anti-social behavioural incidents. The survey also looks into the causes of these crimes and what measures retailers have in place to prevent crime from happening in their stores.

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Get Involved with Small Business Saturday 2016

ACS is encouraging convenience store retailers to get involved in Small Business Saturday 2015, taking place this year on December 3rd.

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year.

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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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Proposed PRS Tariffs Could Cost Convenience Sector Over £1.2m

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the PRS for Music consultation on the simplification of the PRS retail tariff, raising concerns that the changes will hit the smallest shops the hardest.

Under the proposals, any business that previously had a reduced rate for having a small audible area (by broadcasting through a single radio or television) will incur a £51.50 increase to their rates each year.

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Get Involved with Small Business Saturday 2016

ACS is encouraging convenience store retailers to get involved in Small Business Saturday 2015, taking place this year on December 3rd.

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year.

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ACS Backs Usdaw Respect for Shopworkers Week

ACS has outlined its support for Usdaw’s annual Respect for Shopworkers Week, highlighting the importance of crimes against retailers being taken seriously by local police forces.

Figures from the ACS Voice of Local Shops survey show that across the UK, 42% of retailers have experienced some form of violence or verbal abuse over the last year with over half of retailers being victims of shop theft.

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