ACS Outlines Business Rates Priorities for Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the second part of the HM Treasury’s fundamental review of business rates in England, outlining the key measures needed to ensure that the system supports local shops’ ability to invest and continue to provide their communities with essential products and services.

The second part of the review focused on valuations, appeals, the administration of business rates and alternatives to business rates.

In its submission ACS made a number of key recommendations, including:

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ACS Calls on Ofgem to Make Energy Broker Market Fairer for Businesses

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to energy regulator Ofgem’s consultation on reforms to the microbusiness energy market, urging the regulator to act to make energy contracts and the switching process fairer.

In the consultation, Ofgem proposes a series of measures to make the broker / third party intermediary (TPI) market fairer, including:

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CBI, WRC and ACS: Retailers offer workable solution to Welsh Government’s non-essential items regulation

This morning the WRC, CBI  and ACS has presented the Welsh Government with our recommendations to resolve the confusion over non-essential items. We hope government will agree to these recommendations and the people of Wales can refocus all their energies on respecting the Fire Break.

We believe these recommendations will fulfil retail’s role in tackling the spread of the virus while allowing for discretion to be used on an individual basis – as recommended by Health Minister Vaughan Gethin yesterday.

Our recommendations are as follows:

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Welsh Government Publish Limited Guidance on Non-Essential Products Ban

The Welsh Government have now confirmed guidance for retailers on the types of products that can and cannot be sold, just a few hours ahead of the introduction of the firebreak lockdown restrictions at 6pm today.

The Welsh Government states that the products and services which can be sold in stores are any products which would normally be sold in:

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Welsh Government Must Not Dictate What People Can Buy in Shops

Retailers and trade bodies including the Association of Convenience Stores and the Welsh Retail Consortium have written urgently to the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, expressing alarm over new regulations to restrict the sale of ‘non-essential’ products in essential shops during the firebreak. The ACS and WRC are seeking an urgent meeting with the First Minister on this.

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ACS Responds to Consultation on Reducing Single-Use Plastic in Wales

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation on reducing single-use plastic in Wales.

The Welsh Government is proposing a ban on nine single-use plastic items including; plastic straws, cotton buds and plastic stirrers, similar to the ban in England which came into effect on 1st October 2020.

The consultation proposes a ban on the following nine single-use items:

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