Shortlist Announced for Upcoming ACS Technology Showcase!

Taking place virtually on 10th February 2021, ACS’ Technology Showcase is the unique chance for retailers and suppliers to come together to explore the latest technology trends, products and services set to transform the sector.

The following companies were selected by ACS’ Independent Board and have been shortlisted to demonstrate their product or service at the event:

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More Speakers Announced for ACS’ 2021 Rural Shop Report Launch!

Taking place virtually on 23rd February, ACS’ Rural Shop Report launch event will provide an insight into the essential role that rural shops play in their local communities and to the wider economy.

The morning launch event will reveal the findings of this year’s report, providing a comprehensive overview of rural shops in the convenience sector, the services that they offer and the people running the stores.

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ACS: Government Announces Plans to Simplify Kickstart Scheme

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Government on plans to simplify the ‘Kickstart Scheme’, making it easier for retailers to create new job placements for their local communities.

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced plans to amend its Kickstart Scheme to allow employers to apply directly from 3rd February, regardless of the number of jobs to be funded.

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Supplier News: G4S Pay

Content supplied by G4S:

Businesses in the UK will now be able to streamline their cash flow, and efficiently manage their payments through G4S, as G4S Cash Solutions launches G4S Pay and becomes the first major UK cash company to be able to arrange cash, card and digital payment solutions.

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ACS and Alzheimer’s Society Host Virtual Awareness Sessions for Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society to host a number of virtual awareness sessions to create more Dementia Friends in the convenience sector.

The sessions are free for ACS members to attend and will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 27th January: 12pm – 1pm
  • Friday 29th January: 4pm to 5pm

At the start of 2020, ACS launched a campaign to create 25,000 Dementia Friends in the convenience sector to help customers, colleagues and communities affected by dementia.

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ACS Welcomes New Protections for Shopworkers in Scotland

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s decision to pass a Bill to create a new statutory offence for assaulting, threatening or abusing a retail worker, particularly those applying or enforcing an age-restriction in relation to the sale or supply of goods or services.

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ACS: Retail Sector Needs Support and Advance Warning of New Covid Measures

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has urged Welsh ministers to work in closer collaboration with retailers when they introduce new measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19. New requirements have been introduced today with no advance notice of changes that businesses need to make immediately.

From today, all retail stores in Wales are required to do the following:

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Supplier News: JLC provide a range of services that can help your business become DDA compliant

Content supplied by JLC Group:

JLC provide a range of services that can help your business become DDA compliant.

Anyone with a disability is protected by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), part of this act covers the failure by businesses to make a reasonable adjustment to allow disabled people access to goods, facilities and services. This includes building entrances and exits (including emergency escape routes), internal and external doors and access to toilet and washing facilities

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