Book Now for the 2016 ACS Heart of the Community Conference

ACS’ unmissable political event, Heart of the Community 2016, will take place on 11th October at Church House in Westminster, offering retailers the chance to voice their concerns through unrivalled access to key MPs and Ministers.

The conference will bring Parliamentarians together with retailers and industry experts so they can discuss key issues affecting the sector. Heart of the Community gives retailers the opportunity to hear directly from local and national decision makers about their plans to support local shops in the future. The day will also provide retailers with inspiration on how to engage with their local communities and see the launch of ACS’ new Local Engagement Strategy.

Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:

  • Victoria Derbyshire, host of the Victoria Derbyshire Show on the BBC and award-winning journalist and broadcaster, will provide an analysis of the political landscape and also chair the conference.
  • James Lowman, ACS Chief Executive, will provide an expert perspective on challenges facing the convenience sector.
  • Edward Woodall, ACS Head of Policy and Public Affairs, will showcase the Community Barometer and the role of convenience stores in communities as well as premiering the Local Engagement Strategy, a comprehensive guide for retailers to engage with local stakeholders that could have an impact on their business.
  • Jessica Hughes, Community Engagement Manager at Southern Co-operative (panel discussion)
  • Joey and Julie Duhra, independent retailers (panel discussion)
  • Mandeep Singh, independent retailer (panel discussion)
  • Chris Mitchener, experienced retailer and licensing expert

The main Heart of the Community conference will also be followed by an exclusive drinks reception on the House of Commons Terrace where retailers will have further opportunity to speak with their MP about the issues facing their business locally.

Heart of the Community is free to attend for convenience retailers and ACS members. To book your place, please click here. If you require any further information, please contact Steve Dowling, ACS Public Affairs Assistant on 01252 533009 /

This entry was posted by Leah on Tue, 30/08/2016 - 12:58