ACS Calls on Ofgem to Introduce Stricter Limits on Backbilling

ACS has called on energy regulator Ofgem to ensure that local shops and other small businesses are included in proposals to limit backbilling of electricity and gas. Currently, suppliers have signed up to voluntary agreements to only backbill domestic consumers for a maximum of 12 months.

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ONS Crime Figures Reveal Shop Theft Jumped 8% Between 2015 and 2016

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released crime figures for the year ending December 2016 in England and Wales, revealing an 8% jump in recorded shop theft incidents.

The figures show that there were approximately 358,235 incidents of shop theft in 2016, which is over 25,000 more incidents than in 2015.  The figures support ACS’ own crime survey which also showed an increase in shop theft.

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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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Summit 17: Download the ACS Events App Today!

We are just days away from the biggest convenience event of the year, Summit17. As part of the event, we’ll be asking for your views during the sessions, interacting with the speakers and shaping the agenda.

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One Month to Go Until New Tobacco Laws Take Effect

There is just one month to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive come into force. The one year sell-through period for retailers to sell branded packs is coming to an end, and from 20th May 2017 retailers must ensure that all their stock is compliant with the new regulations.

From May 20th, retailers will only be able to sell tobacco in standardised packaging, in a minimum pack size of 20 for cigarettes, 30g packs for roll your own tobacco, and e-cigarettes with health warnings.

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Last Chance to Book for Summit 2017

With less than a week left until ACS Summit 2017, retailers are encouraged to secure their spot at the biggest industry event of the year 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.

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Theresa May Announces Plans for General Election on June 8th

Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced plans to hold a General Election on June 8th this year, with the primary intention of securing a mandate to deliver the UK’s exit from the European Union.

For an election to take place, two thirds of Parliament must approve the plan. It is likely that the plans will go through, as all major parties have welcomed the Election announcement.

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Book now for the ACS / PRA Forecourt Conference

Time is running out to book your place at the upcoming ACS / PRA Forecourt Conference, an unmissable industry event, packed with exciting ideas and concepts for both existing forecourt retailers and convenience retailers looking to expand their store’s offering to include selling fuel.

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ACS: Wage Rates Must Not be Subject to Political Point Scoring

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has warned the Labour party not to play politics with the Living Wage, as Jeremy Corbyn announced Labour would increase National Living wage to £10 per hour.

The policy would see the introduction of what Jeremy Corbyn calls the ‘Real Living Wage’, replacing the existing National Living Wage if Labour were to win a General Election in 2020.

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