New Posters Available to Encourage Booster Vaccine Take Up

Public Health England (PHE) has developed a range of new posters for businesses to use to encourage their communities to take up their opportunity to have their Covid-19 booster vaccine.

ACS is encouraging retailers to use these posters in store to help assist with the vaccine drive and to communicate key messages with customers about the importance of having the Covid-19 booster vaccine.

The posters are available for you to download here: https://www.acs.org.uk/covid-19/resource-centre

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ACS Launches Women’s Independent Retailer Network

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched a new group which aims to act as a support network for women running independent convenience stores.

The group was formed to provide women with a space to connect with each other and share their experiences and perspectives. ACS will facilitate quarterly meetings for the group, featuring guest speakers and workshops where the group will explore a range of topics, including: public speaking, confidence and how to use social media.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum 2022!

Book your free place at ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum 2022, taking place on Tuesday 8th February 2022 at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in Reading.

The event will run from 10am until 2.30pm and will consist of three sessions on; the Delivery of a Deposit Returns Scheme, the Future of Responsible Retailing and the implementation of the Governments promotion and location restrictions on High Fat Salt Sugar products.

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ACS: Tougher Sentences for Shopworker Attacks Sends Much-Needed Message

Yesterday (15th December) the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill had a Report Stage sitting, where an amendment addressing abuse towards public facing workers was considered.

ACS has outlined the scale and impact of violence and abuse against shopworkers, with over 40,000 shopworkers experiencing violence and 89% experiencing verbal abuse over the past year in briefings to peers throughout the passage of the Bill. Ahead of the debate ACS contacted and briefed Peers to urge them to support the amendment.

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ACS: Government Must Safeguard Long-Term Access to Cash for Communities

Today (15th December) a number of major UK banks have announced plans to work together and share services to ensure that communities can continue to access their cash.

The collaboration has been achieved through the Access to Cash Action Group and signals a long-term commitment to ensuring that consumers can continue to have access to cash and banking services.

Communities will also be able to request a review of their community’s needs from the summer of 2022.

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ACS: Delay to Implementation of Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that the introduction of a deposit return scheme bottles and cans has been delayed and will go live across Scotland on 16 August 2023.

The announcement follows an independent review which highlighted the impact of Covid-19 on the scheme. The scheme was originally due to be introduced in this year and this was then pushed back to July 2022 but has now been delayed for a further year.  

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Rural Shop Report 2022 Parliamentary Launch!

Book your place at the launch of ACS’ 2022 Rural Shop Report, taking place in the Churchill Room, House of Commons on Tuesday 25th January 2022.

The launch event will explore the findings of the report, providing a comprehensive overview of rural shops in the convenience sector and the role that they play in communities across the UK.

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