ACS’ Heart of the Community Conference Celebrates Local Shops’ Response to Covid-19

Today (13th October) ACS’ Heart of the Community Conference brought together convenience retailers, industry experts and senior policymakers to discuss the latest policy agenda and celebrate local shops’ response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Bestselling author and political academic Professor Matthew Goodwin addressed the conference, providing insight on the current political landscape, the forces shaping British politics and how these policies could impact convenience retailers and their businesses.

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Raj Aggarwal Trophy to Be Awarded to Outstanding Community Retailers from 2021

A new trophy marking the legacy of independent retailer Raj Aggarwal is to be awarded to retailers who have been exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers.

The trophy was presented to Raj’s widow Sunita Aggarwal by Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman in recognition of Raj’s incredible contribution to his local community and his tireless efforts in sharing ideas and helping other retailers to improve their businesses. 

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Entries Open for ACS’ 2020 Innovation Showcase!

Entries are open for ACS’ Innovation Showcase, taking place virtually on 25th November.

ACS’ Innovation Showcase is the unique chance for retailers and suppliers to come together to explore the latest products and services set to transform the sector.

Suppliers can enter for a chance to demonstrate their product to a group of the UK’s leading convenience retailers.

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ACS: Additional £60m for Covid-19 Enforcement Must Support Retailers Facing Abuse

ACS has welcomed additional funding for police forces and local councils to step up Covid-19 enforcement, calling for support for retailers and colleagues facing abuse in stores.

The additional £60m, split between police forces and local councils, is intended to help ensure that people are complying with the Covid-19 restrictions, especially in high risk areas. In addition to extra police on the streets, the funding is intended to provide support to local enforcement officers, stewards and marshals who are helping communities and businesses to follow the guidelines.

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ACS and FWD Seek Urgent Clarity on Pre-Budget Tobacco Stock Restrictions

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) and FWD (the Federation of Wholesale Distributors) have written a joint letter to Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman MP, calling on the Government to provide urgent clarity on the status of tobacco forestalling restrictions. 

Ordinarily, the tobacco forestalling regulations are in place to ensure that retailers do not stockpile products and take advantage of lower duty rates. As there is no formal Budget statement planned this year and no planned duty increase, there is confusion over the status of the regulations. 

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