ACS: Entries Now Open for 2020 Technology Showcase!

Entries are now open for ACS’ 2020 Technology Showcase, taking place on 5th February in Birmingham.

ACS' Technology Showcase will bring together retailers and suppliers to hear first-hand about exciting innovations in the convenience sector which retailers can use to improve their customers’ shopping experience or help them with the day to day running of their store. The Showcase will also explore the impact that technology has on local shops and the work that ACS is doing to help in this key area.

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ACS: Scottish Deposit Return Scheme Must Consider Impact on Small Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a report from the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee which has called for further clarity from the Scottish Government on the proposed regulations of a deposit return scheme.

The Committee’s report published today (10th December) acknowledged the key role that small retailers will play in delivering an effective deposit return scheme and is “keen to ensure that small retailers are not bearing a disproportionate burden of making DRS work”.

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ACS: Welsh Government to Remove Rates Relief on ATMs

The Welsh Government has announced plans to proceed with an Order to remove Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) from ATMs as of April next year.

The decision follows a consultation launched by the Welsh Government which sought views on the Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Relief) (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2019 and the provision of free-to-use ATMs and access to cash in Wales.

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Investment Levels in Convenience Sector Fall By One Quarter over Past Year

Convenience retailers are responding with caution to continued uncertainty around the Brexit process and the upcoming General Election by delaying and scaling back on investments in their stores over the last year.

Figures from the Association of Convenience Stores’ Investment Tracker show that in the 12 months to November 2019, the UK’s 46,000 local shops have invested £558m in their businesses, down from £737m in the previous year – a year on year decline of 24%.

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ACS: Convenience Stores are Vital to Welsh Communities and Economy

New research launched today (3rd December) by the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed the important role that convenience stores play to both the economy and local communities in Wales.

The 2020 Welsh Local Shop Report revealed that 62% of local shops in Wales operate in rural locations, providing essential services to their local communities, including bill payment services (79%), cash machines (68%) and Post Offices (25%).

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