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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ACS Backs 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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Confirm your Attendance for the ACS Employment Group Meeting

ACS’ upcoming Employment Group Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 22nd of November 2016 at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Manchester. The meeting is free for ACS members and will run from 13:00 on the day, with lunch included. The Skills Funding Agency will present a detailed briefing on the newly-confirmed apprenticeships system to apply in England from April 2017. This will include arrangements on apprenticeship funding for all sizes of employers.

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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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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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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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ACS Welcomes Transitional Rate Relief in Wales

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s approach to fund Transitional Relief for retailers who will be adversely affected as a result of the revaluation.

Business rates represent the second-largest fixed rate cost for the convenience store sector, meaning the 2017 revaluation and associated transitional relief scheme is important for retailers across the UK.

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Patrick Sewell Appointed New ACS Chairman

Sewell on the Go retailer Patrick Sewell will take over the chairmanship of ACS from today, with SPAR UK Managing Director Debbie Robinson taking the role of Deputy Chair on the ACS board.

Patrick replaces Palmer and Harvey Group Strategy and Development Director Paul Hagon as chair, who remains on the ACS board.

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