Government Announces Support for Businesses Affected by Flooding

The government has announced (18 February 2020) additional support for people affected by flooding following Storms Dennis and Ciara. 

Under the Flood Recovery Framework and as some affected areas move into recovery,  businesses will receive funding from their local councils after a set of support packages were announced by the Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Under the measures announced:  

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More Speakers Announced for Summit20!

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of RSA, has been announced as the latest speaker for Summit20! Appointed Chief Executive of the RSA in 2006, Matthew Taylor is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He has written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze.

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Community Access to Cash Pilot Scheme Launched Today

ACS has pledged to work with a new initiative to help communities retain free access to cash. Communities across the country are encouraged to apply to participate in the new Community Access to Cash Pilots which will help to test solutions to local access to cash needs, with the goal of developing scalable solutions which can inform national policy.

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ACS Summit20: Introducing ‘How to…’ Sessions

Summit20 is an unmissable event for anyone involved with the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers, and industry experts from around the world to explore the successes and challenges of the industry and discuss new ideas retailers can walk away with.

This year's event, taking place on March 31st at the Vox in Birmingham, will focus on two of the biggest questions facing the convenience sector in the future, looking at whether convenience stores are primarily food retailers, and how the role of colleagues is changing in store.

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ACS Welcomes Calls to Tackle Unregulated Car Washes

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed calls from Matthew Taylor, the Interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement for tighter regulation to tackle non-compliant hand car washes.

At an event at Resolution Foundation today (13th February), Matthew Taylor called for the introduction of a national licensing scheme to tackle “endemic non-compliance” in the hand car wash sector.

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One Week Until the Introduction of £20 Polymer Banknote

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is urging retailers to ensure that they are prepared for the introduction of the new polymer £20 and are aware of its security features.

From 20th February 2020 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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ACS Calls on Government to Introduce Legislative Protection for Shopworkers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reiterated calls to the Government to take urgent action to protect shopworkers from violence and abuse.

During a Westminster Hall debate on the Protection of Retail Workers, led by Mike Amesbury MP, there was agreement from MPs that there should be a specific new offence for attacks against someone serving the public.

Speaking in the debate, Gareth Thomas MP said: “We require shopworkers to uphold legislation passed by Parliament so the least we can do is make sure we protect those same workers”.

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New Updates to Industry Leading Assured Advice Guides Include Important Clarification on Menthol Ban

ACS has launched new versions of its industry leading Assured Advice guides, backed by Surrey and Bucks Trading Standards.

Thousands of ACS members already benefit from Assured Advice, with many more referring to ACS Assured Advice guides as best practice to help them and their colleagues in store. To date, the guides have been downloaded over 100,000 times.

Some of the notable updates to Assured Advice in the latest versions of the guides include:

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