Theresa May Announces Plans for General Election on June 8th

Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced plans to hold a General Election on June 8th this year, with the primary intention of securing a mandate to deliver the UK’s exit from the European Union.

For an election to take place, two thirds of Parliament must approve the plan. It is likely that the plans will go through, as all major parties have welcomed the Election announcement.

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Election Day: How Do the Main Parties Line Up on Key Issues Affecting Local Shops?

ACS has launched an easy-to-read manifesto guide depicting how the main political parties’ pledges will affect local shops.

The guide compares the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and UKIP’s promises to see how they line up on key issues affecting small business, including: business rates, employment, public health, high streets and more.

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Convenience Retailer Holds Small Business Hustings

Independent convenience retailer, Amit Patel, owner of Belvedere News and Wine, hosted a small business hustings event at Belvedere Community Centre in his store’s Erith & Thamesmead constituency.

Amit arranged the hustings event to allow local small business owners to question the constituency’s prospective MPs about pressing issues affecting their businesses and raise awareness of their concerns within the local community.

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Independent Retailer meets his Store’s Local PPCs

Independent convenience retailer, Jinx Hundal, was joined by his shop’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) at his One Stop store in his local constituency of Norwich South on 28th April.

Jinx invited his store’s PPCs to visit his store to discuss the important role that his shop plays within the local community and to discuss pressing issues which affect his business on a day-to-day basis.

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PPC Visits Independent Convenience Retailer

Independent retailer, Mo Razzaq, recently invited his Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to his Mo's Family Shopper store to discuss some of the key issues that have been affecting his business ahead of the election.

Mo invited Tom Greatrex, the Scottish Labour & Co-operative Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mo’s store in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, to his store to highlight the important role that local shops play within the community and economy.

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ACS Urges Members to Invite PPCs for Store Visits

The UK general election is now just over a week away, providing retailers with the perfect opportunity to show their store’s prospective candidates the important role convenience stores play in the local community and economy.

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SNP Announce Manifesto Pledges Ahead of 2015 Election

The Scottish National Party have released their full manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election on 7th May, pledging to make employment fairer for workers and to increase funding for small businesses.

The SNP have pledged to increase the minimum wage to £8.70 per hour by 2020, making a quarter of a million people in Scotland better off by up to £4,000 a year. They also back an increase in the minimum wage rate for 18 to 21 year olds to £6.86 by 2020, applying the same rate to apprentices; and will increase the wage rate for 16 to 18 year olds to £5.07 per hour.

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UKIP Announce Manifesto Pledges Ahead of 2015 Election

The United Kingdom Independence Party have released their full manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election, setting out their proposals to cut the cost of business rates for small businesses and to reform planning regulations.

In their manifesto, UKIP have pledged to help small business with a cut to business rates by extending the small business rate relief; and to cut rates by 20% for business with only one property and a rateable value of less than £50,000.

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