ACS Urges Chancellor to Help Businesses to Invest

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Chancellor to help retailers to invest in their shops without being punished by the rating system.

In its submission ahead of the Autumn Budget on 29 October, ACS sets out a number of reforms to make business rates fairer for local shops, help them to improve their offer to customers, and invest in technology to remain competitive in a challenging retail market. ACS’ recommendations include:

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ACS Welcomes New RASG Proxy Purchasing Guidance

ACS (the Association of Convenience Store) has welcomed new guidance from the Retail Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) which aims to help retailers tackle the proxy purchasing of alcohol, which is where an adult purchases alcohol on behalf of a child.

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Chief Executive’s Blog: What Does a Good Deposit Return Scheme Look Like?

You can’t ignore the debate on plastics and the environmental impact of the bottles and bags that are too often discarded into the countryside, waterways and oceans. One of my rules in working out how ACS should address policy challenges is to first step back and ask, “is this a real issue, are the people who are concerned about it justified in demanding action?” In this case, the answer to these questions is definitely “yes” (let me know if you disagree, but the evidence looks pretty compelling to me) so we should think about what local shops can do to help tackle this problem. Of course,

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ACS: Licensing System Would Not Address Challenges of Youth Access to Tobacco

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to new report from Imperial College London, raising concerns about calls for a new tobacco licensing system.

The Imperial College report cites NHS figures which claim that the majority of child smokers said it was easy to buy cigarettes in shops. However, just 4% of 11-15 year olds in the sample had attempted to buy cigarettes in a shop in the last year, and of those, around two thirds were refused the sale of cigarettes at least once.

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Alan Campbell MP Meets Local Retailer On Retail Crime and Rates

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has visited a G & E Murgatroyd Spar store in Monkseaton to discuss policy issues for the convenience sector. G & E Murgatroyd is the company owned division of James Hall, employing over 1,400 people across 113 convenience stores in the North of England.

Spar Monkseaton offers a diverse grocery offer, in store bakery, bill payment services and free-to-use ATM. The store has seen significant growth in its fresh produce sales over the year with James Hall winning ‘The Shopper’s Favourite Fresh Convenience Retailer’ for 2018 at the HIM Awards.

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Case Study: Fri-Jado Hot Deli Counter Delivers 250% Increase in Food to go Sales at Costcutter Store

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Uxbridge based provider of foodservice and food retailing solutions, Fri-Jado UK Limited, has installed food displays at a Costcutter store in Truro. The serve assisted counters were specified by equipment concept specialist, Aryzta Food Solutions, who designed a 20 sq m delicatessen and food to go department as part of a refurbishment of the convenience outlet.

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Tim Shipman Confirmed to Speak at ACS’ Heart of the Community Conference

Tim Shipman is confirmed to speak at the ACS Heart of Community Conference on Tuesday 16th October in the heart of Westminster, 1 Birdcage Walk.

Political Editor of The Sunday Times, Tim has been a national newspaper journalist for nearly 20 years, reporting on British and American politics and international relations. 

The conference will bring together retailers from across the country to address the policy issues that really matter for the sector, focusing on tackling retail crime, acting on the environment and the future of work in the sector.

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Chief Executive's Blog: The Importance of Flexible Employment in the Convenience Sector

Hopefully you’ve seen our 2018 Local Shop Report, launched (appropriately, perhaps) at the National Space Centre in Leicester.  There’s loads of data in the report, some of it from our own research, and some kindly provided by our friends at HIM, IGD, William Reed and Experian.  You can go through the information that’s most relevant to your business, but I want to think a bit more deeply about the information related to people working in convenience stores, in the context of the debate in politics at the moment about employment in the UK, where rates of

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