Law Introducing Tougher Penalties for Attacks on Shopworkers Receives Royal Assent

ACS has welcomed the passing of a new law this week which brings into force tougher penalties for those who attack shopworkers.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act received Royal Assent on April 28th, with new provisions coming into force to make attacking an individual who serves the public an aggravated offence. This follows years of campaigning from groups like ACS and USDAW to better protect shopworkers who face abuse when doing their job.

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ACS: Scottish Government Must Take a Balanced Approach to Regulation of Vaping Products

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has raised concerns about proposals from the Scottish Government to tighten the rules on the advertising and promotion of vaping products, including restrictions on in-store displays.

The Scottish Government is consulting on new regulations on the advertising and promotion of vaping products to ensure they are only used as an aid to stop smoking and prevent young people and adult non-smokers from the uptake of these products.

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ACS: Access and Acceptance of Cash is Important to Local Communities

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to honour its commitment to introduce legislation to protect access to cash in the Queen’s Speech next month.

A joint letter to the HM Treasury, signed by ACS alongside a coalition of organisations, charities, industry bodies, consumer representatives and MPs, has highlighted the decline in access to and acceptance of cash in the UK.

Which? analysis has found that almost a quarter of free-to-use ATMs have vanished since 2018 and almost half of the UK’s bank branches have closed since 2015.

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ACS Summit22: Exploring the Future of Convenience

ACS’ biggest event of the year returned to Birmingham on 26th April to bring together retailers, suppliers and industry experts to discuss and explore what’s happening in the sector and what retailers and suppliers might expect in the future.  
 
The first session, Convenience Now focused on the issues that are currently faced by convenience retailers and how they have been responding to these challenges, from the impact of the pandemic, evolving shopper trends and rising costs both for businesses and consumers.
 
Speakers from this session included:

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Last Chance to Book Your Place at Summit22!

Book your place at our biggest event of the year, Summit22 - taking place at the Vox in Birmingham on 26th April.

This year’s conference will explore how convenience stores are separating themselves from the competition right now, as well as looking ahead to the future at what the sector could look like in 2030.

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ACS Launches People Hub for Members

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has developed a brand-new package of employment resources for retailers, supporting effective recruitment, retention and progression across the convenience sector.

The ACS People Hub has been launched to support members within a competitive labour market and follows the launch of the ACS Wellbeing Guide in September.

The People Hub, accessible via the ACS Member Portal, includes content on:

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ACS Announces Shortlist for Upcoming Technology Showcase!

ACS has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Technology Showcase, taking place as a virtual event on 10th May.

The Technology Showcase provides a unique opportunity for retailers to find out about new technology solutions that have either been recently launched or will be launched in the future by suppliers.

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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Book Now: Two Weeks Until Summit22!

Book your place at our biggest event of the year, Summit22 - taking place in just two weeks at the Vox in Birmingham on 26th April.

This year’s conference will explore how convenience stores are separating themselves from the competition right now, as well as looking ahead to the future at what the sector could look like in 2030.

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Supplier News: Epicurium

Content supplied by Epicurium:

Epicurium will be attending the National Convenience Show 2022 (25th – 27th April) at the NEC, Birmingham.

Michael Ratheram, Customer Engagement Manager explains: “After nearly two years in the making, it’s great to get the whole industry together. Convenience thrives from networking and sharing ideas, and there’s no better place than the largest show of its kind.

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ACS: Take Part in the 2022 National Living Wage Survey!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on retailers to take part in its annual National Living Wage Survey.

ACS’ National Living Wage Survey will inform ACS’ submission to the Low Pay Commission’s consultation on future wage rates. The consultation is seeking views on:

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