Face Coverings to be Mandatory in Shops from 24th July

The Government is to announce that wearing a face covering will be mandatory in shops from Friday 24th July.

Penalties for not wearing a face covering will be enforced by the police, who can issue fines of up to £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days).

Face coverings are already mandatory in shops in Scotland, with the policy coming into force on 10th July. The policy is still under review in Wales.

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Supplier News: Coca-Cola European Partners: Capri-Sun Range Moves to Nothing Artificial

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Coca-Cola European Partners has announced that its entire Capri-Sun portfolio is now free from artificial ingredients, following the reformulation of its Capri-Sun No Added Sugar range.

Capri-Sun No Added Sugar will now include Stevia, a plant-based sweetener in combination with natural fruit sugars. The new recipe maintains the same great taste that consumers love, with no artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or preservatives and is soft drinks tax exempt.

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ACS: Government Set to Ban HFSS Promotions and Restrict Siting

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to speculation on the Prime Minister’s plans to ban promotions of unhealthy products and restrict where these products can be sited in store.

It has been suggested that the Government is planning to prevent shops from offering promotions on targeted products and a ban is also expected on sweets and chocolates promoted at the end of supermarket aisles and entrances.

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Convenience Stores to Benefit from VAT Cut and Pavement Licensing

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the inclusion of certain food and drink sales in the reduced rate of VAT announced by the Chancellor in his summer statement yesterday, and confirmation that convenience stores can go through the same process as other businesses to get licences for seating outside their store.

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Supplier News: Edenred Joins ACS

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Edenred helps organisations engage and motivate their employees and drive business performance through intelligent incentives to activate sales channels and drive customer acquisition. We do this through a range of engagement and incentive platforms and prepaid cards

We work with 25,000 companies, big and small across the public and private sectors, with over 3 million users of our technology platforms and prepaid cards.

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Urgent Action Still Needed on Violence Against Shopworkers

The Home Office have published its response to the call for evidence on violence towards shopworkers over a year after it closed, claiming that no changes to the law are necessary to deter those who commit thousands of incidents of threats, violence and abuse against people working in retail.

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Urgent Action Still Needed on Violence Against Shopworkers

The Home Office have published its response to the call for evidence on violence towards shopworkers over a year after it closed, claiming that no changes to the law are necessary to deter those who commit thousands of incidents of threats, violence and abuse against people working in retail.

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Local Shops Call on Chancellor to Provide Support on Business Rates and VAT in Summer Statement

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Chancellor to use his summer statement to help local shops invest in their businesses in the future.

While the statement, due to be given by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday (July 8th) is not intended to be a major fiscal event, there are still measures that the Government can introduce now that would support convenience stores in the coming months.

Measures recommended by ACS include:

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Lords Committee Calls for Action on Healthy Start and Free School Meal Vouchers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the publication of a new report from a House of Lords Committee, highlighting the important role of the convenience sector in providing healthy options for local people and encouraging Government to make it easier for stores to be involved with programmes like Healthy Start and free school meal vouchers.

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