ACS Welcomes Recommendations on Business Rates from Treasury Committee

ACS has welcomed a series of recommendations from the Treasury Select Committee on the future of business rates. 

The Treasury Select Committee launched the Impact of business rates on business inquiry in February this year to assess how business rates policy has changed, including business rates retention, alternatives to property-based taxes, such as the proposed digital services tax, and how changes to business rates could impact businesses.

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ACS: Local Shops Play Key Role in Healthy Food Provision

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed findings of research conducted by the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) on engaging convenience retailers with healthy foods.

The Food Research Collaboration is an initiative of the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London which looks to improve the UK food system.

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ACS: Early General Election Set for December

Yesterday (29th October) MPs voted in favour of an early General Election to be held on 12th December.

The Early Parliamentary General Election legislation will now pass through the House of Lords and is not expected to be opposed. Once the legislation passes, Parliament will dissolve on 6th December to begin a five-week campaign up to polling day.

Retailers may want to consider hosting a store visit with the candidates in their constituency, to raise the issues that affect their colleagues and the day to day running of their business.

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ACS: Guidance for Retailers on Fireworks and Seasonal Products

Fireworks are popular with consumers in the lead up to events such as Bonfire Night (5th November). The sale of fireworks is a highly regulated area and it is vital that convenience retailers ensure that they are aware of the rules and guidelines that apply to the sale and storage of these products.

Retailers must apply for permission to store fireworks from their local trading standards service or fire authority. If permission to store fireworks is granted, then fireworks can be sold within the following dates:

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Small Business Minister Celebrates Apprentices at ACS Parliamentary Reception

Convenience retailers and MPs from around the UK have come together at the annual Association of Convenience Stores Heart of the Community Reception to celebrate the role of apprentices in the convenience sector.

Speaking at the reception, Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP recognised the importance of convenience stores to local communities, especially in rural and isolated areas where the interaction between colleagues in stores and their customers plays an important role in reducing loneliness.

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ACS: Convenience Stores a Vital Part of National Food Strategy

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a call for evidence from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to help inform the National Food Strategy, highlighting the crucial role that convenience stores play in providing food to their local communities.

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ACS Reiterates Calls to Ofgem on Microbusiness Review

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a Citizens Advice report and renewed calls for Ofgem to protect microbusinesses.

The report from Citizens Advice found that microbusinesses have few protections when buying energy services and experience issues with debt and contract issues caused by minority of third party intermediaries (TPIs).

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ACS Responds to Select Committee Report on the Future of the Post Office Network

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a report from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee on the Future of the Post Office Network.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We are pleased the Inquiry has recognised that rising operating costs faced by retailers make hosting a Post Office more challenging. Leaving local shops to offset reductions in Government’s subsidies is unsustainable and won’t deliver the Post Office network that people need in their communities.

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ACS Reminds Retailers of PSTN Switch Off

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding convenience retailers about the upcoming migration of the UK’s telephone network from public switched telephone network (PSTN) to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.

The change aims to ensure that the UK’s landline services are ‘fit for the future’ and the transition will be straightforward for the majority of customers but some may require additional support from their communications providers to assist them with updating their services.

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