ACS Welcomes Plastic Bag Charging in 25 Year Environment Plan 

ACS has responded to the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, welcoming the government’s ambition to reduce the impact of single-use plastics, including action to extend plastic bag charging.

The Environment Plan was announced in January by Prime Minister Theresa May, setting out a range of targets to improve the environment and increase recycling rates. 

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Michael Page, Polymer Logistics and Christie & Co Announced as Summit18 Sponsors

ACS is delighted to announce Michael Page, Polymer Logistics and Christie & Co as the sponsors for Summit 18.

Summit18 is the biggest convenience store sector event of the year. The conference brings together hundreds of retailers, suppliers and industry experts from around the globe to look at the future opportunities within the sector and provide essential key insights for everyone to take home and implement in their business.

Speakers already confirmed for Summit18 include:

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WIRED Executive Editor Jeremy White Confirmed for Summit18

ACS is delighted to announce that WIRED Executive Editor and technology expert Jeremy White has been confirmed to speak at Summit18, the biggest convenience event of the year.

As WIRED’s Executive Editor, Jeremy evaluates the qualities of new products and their impact on established markets and industries, relating this to how organisations can improve their own designs and adopt innovative thinking ahead of future threats and opportunities.

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ACS Encourages Retailers to Follow Snow Code During Adverse Weather

Following forecasts of heavy snow this week in parts of the UK due to the 'Beast from the East' weather pattern, ACS has advised retailers to follow the Department for Transport’s Snow Code when moving snow and ice outside their stores. Under Health and Safety law, businesses are required (so far as is reasonably practicable) to keep routes into the store free from anything that may cause a person to slip, trip or fall.

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ACS Reiterates Concerns over Electric Vehicle Charging Provision

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reiterated its concerns about measures included in the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill to force large fuel retailers to provide electric vehicle charging. The Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday.

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Employment in the Convenience Sector: Take Part in ACS Colleague Survey 2018

ACS is calling on staff working in convenience stores to complete the 2018 Colleague Survey, with 20 shopping vouchers worth £50 up for grabs in a prize draw for those who fill out the survey.

The findings of the Colleague Survey will inform ACS’ research projects and engagements with Government. The survey will provide data on staff recruitment, job satisfaction, personal commitments, training and development and more.

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Old £10 Note to Be Withdrawn from Circulation on March 1st 2018

There are now less than two weeks until the the old paper £10 note is removed from circulation. The notes will cease to be legal tender on March 1st 2018.

The new polymer £10 note was issued on 14 September 2017, features Jane Austen and is 132mm x 69mm. The current paper £10 note features Charles Darwin and is 142mm x 75mm.

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ACS Announces 2018 Technology Showcase Finalists

The Association of Convenience Stores is delighted to announce the line-up of speakers that have been chosen to present at the Technology Showcase on 20th February at the Library of Birmingham. Showcasing some of the newest technology in the sector, the ACS Technology Showcase aims to provide insight into a rapidly changing sector and enable retailers to understand how technology can be used to improve and grow their business.

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Chief Executive’s Blog: Local Shops in Wales

We had a really great day in Cardiff last week, launching the Welsh Local Shop Report which gives all the facts and figures on the contribution that our members make to communities and the economy in Wales.  It’s a really positive story: more store per head than any other part of the UK, 25,000 jobs, £49m of investment, and a higher proportion of that going into providing essential services like post offices and free-to-use ATMs.

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