ACS: Save the Date for Summit21!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has confirmed the date of its biggest annual conference, taking place virtually as an immersive event on 13th April.

Summit21 is an unmissable event for anyone involved with the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers and industry experts from around the world.

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ACS Welcomes E10 Rollout for Summer 2021

The Department for Transport has confirmed that E10 will become the standard petrol grade available on UK forecourts from September 2021. E5 petrol will still be available to consumer as the super grade.

The introduction of higher ethanol fuel E10 aims to support the government targets to reduce CO2 emission. The introduction of E10 on UK forecourts  will start in September 2021 to align with the change over from summer to winter fuel grades.

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Supplier News: PPE Defends - A PARTNERSHIP OF BRITISH TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE & INNOVATION TO FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

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A PARTNERSHIP OF BRITISH TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE & INNOVATION TO FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 - AQUALUTION SUPPLIES HYPOCHLOROUS ACID TO ADD FURTHER PROTECTION TO THE UK’S MOST INNOVATIVE FACE MASK

Aqualution has added to its infection control portfolio with the supply of stable hypochlorous acid to PPE Defends as a disinfectant sanitiser spray for its innovative graphene face masks significantly reducing the time between washes and adding an extra layer of protection.

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UK’s Rural Shops Providing Lifeline for Isolated Communities

ACS has urged the Government to recognise the importance of rural shops and ensure that they are not left playing catch up when it comes to being able to provide services to their customers.

The 2021 ACS Rural Shop Report has revealed how crucial the UK’s 17,000+ rural shops are to their local communities, with findings from this year’s report showing that throughout 2020, rural consumers have increasingly used their local shop for a wider range of products, and one in five reporting that they depend on their local shop more now than a year ago.

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Obesity Strategy: Thousands of Retailers Wrongly Included in Costly Proposals

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to rethink its plans to put a £26m cost burden on around 2,000 independent retailers as part of its Obesity Strategy proposals.

The latest iteration of the Government’s Obesity Strategy includes a range of measures aimed at encouraging adults to change their purchasing behaviour, diet and lifestyle, with specific proposals aimed at retailers such as:

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Minister for Crime and Policing Confirmed for ACS’ 2021 Crime Seminar!

Book your place at ACS’ Crime Seminar, taking place virtually between 10-11.15am on 23rd March 2021.

The event will feature the launch of the 2021 Crime Report, provide the opportunity to hear about best practice from industry experts and explore how the sector is working to tackle crime.

Minister for Crime and Policing Kit Malthouse has been confirmed to address the seminar to talk about action the Government is taking on retail crime and violence, including ACS’ work in partnership with the Home Office. 

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Business Minister ‘Deeply Shocked’ by Violence and Abuse against Local Shops

Small Business Minister Paul Scully MP has told the Association of Convenience Stores that he is ‘deeply shocked’ by the abuse and violence faced by people working in local shops.

In a letter to ACS CEO James Lowman, the Minister highlighted the ‘tremendous effort’ that convenience stores have made in adapting and innovating during the pandemic, paying tribute to those retailers that have ‘gone out of their way to support the more vulnerable members of the community during this time’.

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Minister for Rural Affairs Confirmed to Speak at ACS’ 2021 Rural Shop Report Launch!

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Minister for Rural Affairs has been confirmed to provide a keynote address at the event, reflecting on the findings of the report and detailing the Government’s plans to support rural shops.

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.

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Save the Date for ACS’ 2021 Crime Seminar!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has confirmed the date for its annual Crime Seminar, which will take place virtually between 10-11.15am on 23rd March 2021.

The event will feature the launch of the 2021 Crime Report, provide the opportunity to hear about best practice from industry experts and explore how the sector is working to tackle crime.

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