Convenience Stores Encouraged to Take Part in Digital High Street Pilot

Convenience stores in a number of pilot towns are being given the opportunity to take part in a scheme set up by Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, working with the government’s Future High Streets Forum, to help retailers work together to promote their towns online.  The pilot is using the #WDYT hashtag to generate conversations among customers in Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham, with the pilot now being extended to Leamington Spa, Stafford and a number of other towns that are preparing to launch.

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Book Your Place at Summit 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the ACS Summit, an unmissable industry event for convenience retailers. The conference will take place in Birmingham on the 25th of April 2017.

Summit17 will bring retailers, suppliers, and industry experts from around the world together to explore the successes and challenges of the industry and discuss new ideas retailers can walk away with.

This year’s Summit will be divided into three thought-provoking sessions, each segment with a guest speaker and followed by a panel discussion.

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ACS Crime Report Reveals £232m Cost of Crime Against Convenience Stores

Figures released today from the Association of Convenience Stores’ Crime Report 2017 have revealed the costs, both human and monetary, of crimes committed against convenience store staff and owners, including shop theft, burglary, robbery and violence.

The report highlights the significance of shop theft, with more than half of the total cost of crime accounted for by theft from customers.

Key findings from the report include:

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Chief Executive's Blog: Rates System in Need of Change to Help Retailers Invest

In recent weeks, the Chancellor has come under fire from all sides over the impact of the business rates revaluation, with many claiming that the impact on their businesses could be catastrophic. In the convenience sector, as with many others, the reality is that there will be both winners and losers when the new rates take effect in April.

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Local Shops Call on Chancellor to Tackle Business Rates in the Budget

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on the Chancellor to reinstate the retail rate relief scheme to support convenience stores and high streets cope with business rates costs. One in three convenience stores are due to see an increase in their rates bill from April 1st and petrol forecourt retailers will be hardest hit.  When introduced in 2013, the retail rate relief scheme gave retailers a £1,000 discount on their rates bill, and this rose to £1,500 in 2014, but the scheme was discontinued in 2016.

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Shortlist Announced for Upcoming ACS Technology Showcase

ACS has announced the shortlist for companies to present at the 2017 Technology Showcase, taking place at the Tower Hotel in London on March 3rd.

The Technology Showcase allows retailers to discover the most exciting advances on the market, and also offer ideas to implement in their own store from a range of companies offering innovative solutions for the convenience sector.

The following companies have been shortlisted to demonstrate their product or service at the event:

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