ACS Supports Progress of Bill to Delay Business Rates Revaluation to 2023

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the progress of a Bill in Parliament to postpone the next re-evaluation of business rates until 2023.

The Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No.2) Bill, would postpone the date on which the next revaluation of business rates in England and Wales takes effect until 1st April 2023. The Scottish Government has also committed to delay its revaluation until the same date.

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ACS: Government Must Go Further to Clamp Down on Violence and Abuse Against Shopworkers

ACS has responded to a Home Affairs Select Committee consultation on violence and abuse against shopworkers, calling on the Home Office to send a clearer message that offences will not be tolerated.

In its’ submission, ACS states that the Home Office’s response to its Call for Evidence does not go far enough to protect retailers and their colleagues from abuse. Key recommendations in the submission include:

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Budget 2021: Local Shops Call for Extended Business Rates Support to Avoid Spike in Operating Costs

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has submitted evidence to the Treasury ahead of the 2021 Budget, calling on the Chancellor to extend the business rates discount in 2021/22 to avoid a ‘sudden shock’ of high rates bills while stores are still dealing with the impact of the pandemic.

In its submission, ACS recommends a minimum 50% reduction in business rates for 2021/22 to taper the reintroduction of rates and avoid a cliff edge spike in operating costs at a time when local shops are still investing in and adapting their businesses to keep customers and colleagues safe.

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ACS: Local Shops Welcome Plastic Bag Charge Increase in Scotland

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government that the minimum price of a single use carrier bag (SUCB) is set to increase from 5p to 10p in an effort to help tackle plastic waste.

Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham confirmed today (13th January) that the increase is scheduled to be implemented from 1st April 2021. The announcement follows a public consultation launched at the end of 2019 by the Scottish Government on ways to develop Scotland’s circular economy.

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Supplier News: ShelfNow Joins ACS as Supplier Member

Content supplied by ShelfNow: 

Are you a retailer that is looking for an affordable, more diverse and seamless way to source products directly from producers without the use of an expensive middleman?

ShelfNow is an e-ecommerce platform run by a team dedicated to sourcing quality producers and matching them to independent retailers, using technology to get the best matches possible based on type of products, budget, location, storage type, lifestyle (vegan, kosher, zero waste) and more.

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ACS Calls on Retailers to Complete 2021 Crime Survey

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months in the 2021 Crime Survey.

The survey examines the impact that crime has on the convenience sector, looking at how crime is affecting retailers, the number of incidents experienced and how much crime has cost businesses over the last year. The survey also considers the causes of these crimes and the measures retailers have in place to prevent crime in their stores.

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Chief Executive's Blog: Supporting People Living With Dementia

We’ve all got a little bit too used to looking at statistics over the past year. I hope you don’t doomscroll for the 5pm updates on Coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths every day, but even if you’re trying to avoid looking at this it’s hard to avoid the stark and shocking numbers providing the backdrop to this period of our lives. It’s a bit of a cliché to say we should look at the people behind the statistics – of course we should do that but it’s quite abstract and often quite depressing.

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Supplier News: Weetabix to rally nation for a better 2021 in major new campaign

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The UK’s number one breakfast cereal, Weetabix, is returning to TV screens with a topical and light-hearted New Year creative. The campaign will encourage the nation to start the day right with versatile, inspirational recipe ideas and will feature the by-line now synonymous with the brand – ‘Have You Had Yours?’. 

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