ACS: New Planning Rules Must Be Robust to Avoid Housing Free for All on High Streets

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has urged the Government to ensure that new planning rules maintain the diversity and viability of high streets and town centres.

The Government has announced new rules which will make it easier to turn retail space into residential properties. Coming into force today, the rules mean that instead of full planning permission, developers will go through what the Government is calling a ‘simpler prior approval process’ to turn retail space into residential.

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ACS Urges Government to Expand Home Testing Offer to all Local Shops

Yesterday (28th March) the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that home testing for Covid-19 has been expanded to businesses with over 10 employees.

From 6th April, the workplace testing programme will supply home test kits to companies with over 10 workers where it is not possible to set up testing on-site, due to a lack of space or because companies operate across multiple sites.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Summit21!

Book your place at ACS’ 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.

This year’s conference will cover three key themes in relation to the convenience sector: recover, retain and reimagine. The sessions will be co-chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and Central England Co-operative chief executive Debbie Robinson.

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Bank of England Unveils New Polymer £50 Note

Today (25th March) Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey unveiled the new polymer £50 note featuring the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.

The polymer £50 note contains advanced security features, including:

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Last Chance to Book Your Place at 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. 

Confirmed speakers and panellists include:

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Summit21!

Book your place at ACS’ 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.

This year’s conference will cover three key themes in relation to the convenience sector: recover, retain and reimagine. The sessions will be co-chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and Central England Co-operative chief executive Debbie Robinson.

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Book Your Place at 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. 

Confirmed speakers and panellists include:

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