ACS Encourages Retailers to Get Involved in Dementia Friends Campaign

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to get involved in their campaign in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society to create 25,000 Dementia Friends in the convenience sector.

The campaign coincides with ACS’ 25th anniversary and aims to create 25,000 Dementia Friends in the convenience sector to help customers, colleagues and communities affected by dementia.

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Government Dismisses Treasury Committee’s Concerns on Business Rates

ACS has called on the Government to get on with its fundamental review of business rates after broadly dismissing recommendations made by the Treasury Select Committee.

The Government’s official response to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry on business rates, published today, defends the operation of the current business rates system and commits to the Committee’s concerns being dealt with as part of an upcoming fundamental review.

Issues raised by the Treasury Select Committee as part of their inquiry include:

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MPs Raise Local Shops' Concerns on DRS in Parliamentary Debate

During a debate on the second reading of the Environment Bill, MPs have echoed concerns raised by ACS about the details of the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme in England and Wales.

Speaking during the debate, Mark Pawsey MP said: “We need to consider the number of return points, whether cafes and restaurants will be included, and if the scheme will provide an exemption for small retailers who lack the space to install a reverse vending machine, and there are serious questions for the Minister about who’s going to pay for it.”

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Chief Executive's Blog: Changing from the ground up

Perhaps the most compelling narrative from the 2019 election was of people living outside of big cities and the South East, conveying a sense of chronic under-investment in the fabric of their towns, villages, estates and neighbourhoods. If Britain’s future after leaving the EU is going to be built from these communities up,  pretty good place to start is with the businesses that have kept on serving these places where others have left.

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ACS: Consumer Group Urges Government to Protect Access to Cash

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed calls from consumer group Which?, urging the government to protect access to cash as part of next month’s Budget.

In an open letter today (26th February) Which? has called on the Chancellor to introduce legislation to secure the future of the ATM network.

Figures from LINK’s Financial Inclusion Monthly Report show that 9,500 free to use ATMs have been lost in the last two years.

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Two Weeks Until ACS’ Crime Seminar!

Book your place at the ACS Crime Seminar, taking place on 10th March, from 9:30am to 12pm at the Conrad St James Hotel in Westminster.

The Crime Seminar will begin with the launch of ACS’ Crime Report 2020 and will give an exclusive first look at the findings before a discussion with a panel of police, retailers and industry experts.

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ACS: Government Announces Ban on the Sale of Wood and Solid Fuels from 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has responded to their consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood in England, announcing plans to introduce restrictions on the sale of wood and a ban on coal from next year.

The government had previously consulted on measures in 2018 as a way to tackle air pollution due to domestic burning.

The government has confirmed in an announcement today that from February 2021, they will introduce the following:

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Crime Seminar!

Book your place at the ACS Crime Seminar, taking place on 10th March, from 9:30am to 12pm at the Conrad St James Hotel in Westminster.

The Crime Seminar will begin with the launch of ACS’ Crime Report 2020 and will give an exclusive first look at the findings before a discussion with a panel of police, retailers and industry experts.

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Polymer £20 Bank Notes Enter Circulation Today

From today (20th February) the new polymer £20 will enter circulation and begin appearing in ATMs across the UK.

The £20 polymer note has been designed to be the most secure banknote yet, incorporating sophisticated security features which are difficult to counterfeit but are simple for retailers to check.

The two main security features to look out for are:

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