ACS Security Showcase: Continuing Our Campaign Against Violence in Shops

ACS’ Security Showcase, taking place in Manchester from 10am-1pm, provides retailers with a chance to hear from experts about the latest developments in crime prevention equipment and how it can be used to protect their business.

The event builds on ACS’ Crime Report, “It’s Not Part of the Job” campaign with the Home Office, and ongoing political lobbying to get better support for retailers and their colleagues.

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New Guidance for Retailers on Offering Water Refills for Customers

The Association of Convenience Stores has launched new Assured Advice for retailers on what to consider when providing water refills in store.

The guidance sets out the different ways that retailers can provide a water refill service in store, as well as highlighting some of the challenges of offering this service, especially for stores where there is only one member of staff behind the till.

Key information in the guidance includes:

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ACS: Welsh Healthy Weight Strategy Must Consider Impact on Small Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on the Welsh Government to consider and clarify the impact on small shops of their ‘Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales’ Strategy, published today.

Today (17th October) the Welsh Government published its ‘Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales’ Strategy which sets out their national ambitions to prevent and reduce obesity in Wales by delivering healthy settings and environments to allow people of all ages to make healthy choices by 2030. 

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Fall in Reported Shop Theft Does Not Reflect True Extent of Crime

ACS has responded to new figures from the Office for National Statistics’ annual Crime Survey for England and Wales, urging retailers to report incidents of shop theft to the police.

According to the ONS survey, which covers the whole of retail, the number of police recorded shop theft incidents for the year ending June 2019 decreased by 4% to 368,745 offences.

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One Week Left Until Heart of the Community 2019!

There is just one week remaining until the Heart of the Community Conference, taking place on Tuesday 15th October. 

Heart of the Community is the must-attend political conference exploring the issues relevant to politicians, retailers and consumers.

The conference will bring together retailers from across the convenience sector to; hear the latest from leading experts on the policy issues affecting the sector, network with a diverse range of retailers and meet MPs at an exclusive drinks reception on the House of Commons Terrace.

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New Report Highlights Crucial Role of Forecourts as Community Retailers

The 2019 Forecourt Report has revealed the vital role that the UK’s 7,402 forecourt shops play in their local communities, through providing secure local jobs, providing access to essential services and taking time out of the business to support local projects.

More than three quarters (77%) of independent forecourts engaged in some form of community activity over the last year, not just through raising money for charity, but also by sponsoring local teams, being part of litter picks and donating to food banks or other food charities.

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ACS Announces Debbie Robinson and Paul Stone as New Chair and Vice Chair

The Association of Convenience Stores has announced the appointment of Central England Co-operative Chief Executive Debbie Robinson as its new chair from November, with independent retailer Paul Stone taking on the role of vice chair.

Debbie Robinson will take the place of Sewell Retail Ltd Managing Director Patrick Sewell as chair of the board. Patrick has served as chair since November 2016, and will remain on the ACS board.

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