Chief Executive’s Blog: What Impact Brexit will have on the Convenience Sector

What does today’s speech by Theresa May, outlining the UK’s approach to Brexit, mean for the convenience store sector?  The markets appear to have responded positively, I expect because they now have a bit more certainty (or at least some sort of clue) about what the UK’s future relationship with Europe might look like.  Is our sector similarly encouraged?

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ACS Welcomes Select Committee Recommendations on ‘Making Tax Digital’ Plans

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee which calls on the Government to delay the implementation of mandatory digital tax reporting.

In the report, the Committee states that the initially proposed timetable of April 2018 for most businesses to be reporting tax digitally is over-ambitious, and could result in unnecessary costs and administrative burdens for businesses.

Other recommendations in the report include:

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Complete the ACS Colleague Survey for a Chance to Win One of 20 £50 High Street Vouchers

ACS is calling on staff working in convenience stores to complete the 2017 Colleague Survey, with 20 high street vouchers worth £50 each up for grabs in a prize draw for those who complete the survey.

The findings of the Colleague Survey will inform ACS’ engagements with Government and research projects such as the Local Shop Report. The survey will also provide data on staff recruitment and prospects, employment patterns, job satisfaction, and personal commitments.

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Book now for the CPGSS Annual Reception and Welsh Local Shop Report Launch

ACS is inviting retailers in Wales to attend the Cross-Party Group on Small Shops annual reception in the National Assembly for Wales to launch the Welsh Local Shop Report.

The Welsh Local Shop Report will provide in depth analysis of the convenience sector in Wales, detailing the number of convenience stores, jobs and investments retailers deliver.

This event will allow retailers to meet their Assembly Members and hear from the Minister for Growth about what the Welsh Government is doing to support local shops.

Speakers include:

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Assured Advice Guides Updated for 2017

ACS is encouraging retailers to sign up for Assured Advice and benefit from industry leading best practice on a range of issues affecting a convenience store business.

All guides have been updated for 2017 and ACS is recommending that retailers look over the new guides for policy changes and any relevant changes they will have to make in-store as a result.

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Complete the ACS Colleague Survey for a Chance to Win One of 20 £50 High Street Vouchers

ACS is calling on staff working in convenience stores to complete the 2017 Colleague Survey, with 20 high street vouchers worth £50 each up for grabs in a prize draw for those who complete the survey.

The findings of the Colleague Survey will inform ACS’ engagements with Government and research projects such as the Local Shop Report. The survey will also provide data on staff recruitment and prospects, employment patterns, job satisfaction, and personal commitments.

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Book now for the CPGSS Annual Reception and Welsh Local Shop Report Launch

ACS is inviting retailers in Wales to attend the Cross-Party Group on Small Shops annual reception in the National Assembly for Wales to launch the Welsh Local Shop Report.

The Welsh Local Shop Report will provide in depth analysis of the convenience sector in Wales, detailing the number of convenience stores, jobs and investments retailers deliver.

This event will allow retailers to meet their Assembly Members and hear from the Minister for Growth about what the Welsh Government is doing to support local shops.

Speakers include:

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Release Date for New £1 Coin Announced

The release date for the new 12-sided £1 coin has been announced, officially entering circulation on 28 March 2017.

With three months to go, the government is launching a campaign to help raise awareness and encourage the public to return the round £1 coins.

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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