Book Now for Heart of the Community 2018!

Bookings are now open for ACS’ unmissable political event, The Heart of the Community Conference 2018, which will offer retailers key insights into how the latest political agenda could impact their businesses.   

The conference has moved to a new venue at the heart of Westminster, 1 Birdcage Walk, taking place on 16th October. The conference will bring together retailers from across the country to address the policy issues that really matter for the sector, focusing on tackling retail crime, acting on the environment and the future of work in the sector.

Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:

On Retail Crime:

  • Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner, Nottinghamshire Police
  • Rory Geoghegan, Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice
  • Victoria Crorken, National Business Crime Partnerships Manager, Co-op
  • Jack Courtez, News Editor, Retail Express

On the Environment:

  • Roger Grosvenor, Joint Chief Executive, East of England Co-op
  • Richard McIlwain, Deputy Chief Executive, Keep Britain Tidy
  • Trewin Restorick, Chief Executive, Hubbub
  • David Rees, Editor, Convenience Store Magazine

On Employment:

  • Richard Lim, Chief Executive, Retail Economics
  • David Shrimpton, Editor, Independent Retail News

More panellists and the headline political speaker will be announced in due course.

The Heart of the Community conference will be followed by an exclusive drinks reception in the House of Commons celebrating success of apprentices in the sector, retailers demonstrating exemplary work in their local communities and retailers enabling healthy choices for consumers. The Small Business Minister has been invited to then speak to retailers directly about the government’s plans to support local shops.

The Heart of the Community and parliamentary reception are free to attend for ACS members, but places are limited. To book your place, please click here. If you require any further information, please contact Steve Dowling, ACS Public Affairs Executive, via 01252 533009 or

This entry was posted by Chloe on Thu, 26/07/2018 - 11:35