Summit20 to be Postponed until September 2020

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has taken the decision to postpone its annual Summit conference to 8th September this year, alongside the National Convenience Show at the NEC Birmingham, in response to the escalating situation around coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Government has confirmed today (March 12th) that it is moving from the contain phase to the delay phase of the action plan in response to the virus outbreak.

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It’s Not Part of the Job: Retail Sector United in Call for End to Violence Against Shopworkers

Members of the Association of Convenience Stores, British Retail Consortium, National Federation of Retail Newsagents and the shopworkers union, USDAW, presented a united voice to Government at a parliamentary event on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence against shopworkers.

Evidence from the industry and official Home Office figures show that there is a growing problem of violence and abuse in the retail sector. This is despite retailers investing £1.2 billion in crime prevention equipment and training to protect shopworkers from violence, abuse and crime.

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Local Shops Face Over 50,000 Incidents of Violence Last Year

2020 Crime Report Sets out Evidence for Action on Crime Against Convenience Sector

Britain’s local shops have been the victim of over 50,000 incidents of violence over the last year, according to new figures from the Association of Convenience Stores’ 2020 Crime Report.

The Crime Report, being launched this week, provides evidence of the scale and impact of theft, violence, abuse and other crimes committed against convenience store retailers and their staff, setting out a clear vision for how the Government and the justice system can take action.

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ACS Welcomes Changes to Victims Code

The Ministry of Justice has published proposed revisions to the Victims Code, outlining 12 overarching rights that victims should have when reporting crime.

The revised code, published today alongside a six week consultation, sets out the minimum level of service that victims can expect from the criminal justice system.

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MPs and Industry Groups United on Securing Access to Cash

ACS, the British Retail Consortium, Federation of Small Businesses, Positive Money and Responsible Finance are urging the Chancellor to use next week’s Budget to secure long-term access to cash across the UK.

16 Conservative MPs have supported  action on access to cash in a private letter to the Chancellor submitted today (Thursday). The letter outlines that to secure long-term access to cash, the Chancellor should use his Budget to:

•             Reverse the cuts to interchange fees paid by banks to fund the network

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