Guidance for Retailers on Standardised Packaging and Tobacco Products Directive

ACS has produced comprehensive new guidance for retailers on the upcoming changes to tobacco retailing coming into force as part of the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive and Standardised Packaging legislation.

From 20th May 2016, manufacturers are only able to produce tobacco in standardised packaging and in a minimum pack size of 20, with restrictions also being put in place for roll your own tobacco. Retailers have a sell-through period of one year to May 2017 in which to ensure that all of their stock is compliant with the new regulations.

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Guidance for Retailers on the Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme

ACS has published new guidance on the Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme, which provides best practice for retailers on buying alcohol.

From 1 April 2017, if you buy alcohol from a UK wholesaler, you’ll need to check that whoever you buy from is registered with HMRC and has an AWRS Unique Reference Number (URN).

If you buy alcohol from a non-registered wholesaler, you may be liable to a criminal or civil penalty, your alcohol may be seized, or you could lose your alcohol licence.

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ACS Backs Great British Spring Clean 2017

ACS is encouraging retailers to get involved with the Great British Spring Clean campaign, launched today by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The event will take place from March 3-5 2017 and aims to encourage people to take action against littering and make sure their neighbourhood is one of which they can be proud.

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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 Award Winners Announced

The Department for Communities and Local Government have announced the winners of the 2016 Great British High Street Awards, congratulating all those involved in creating strong town centres for their communities. The overall winner and winner of the Local Centre category, Blackburn in Lancashire, was praised for the range of improvements that were put in place by the collaboration between the Business Improvement District and the council. Blackburn received the £10,000 grand prize, as well as a trophy awarded to them at a ceremony in London yesterday.

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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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