ACS: One Week Until Menthol Ban Comes into Force

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers about the upcoming ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes which comes into force in one week, despite the ongoing situation with the coronavirus outbreak.

Retailers are still allowed to sell cigarettes described as ‘green’ or with similar names to a previous menthol product as long as the cigarettes themselves do not contain any menthol. If there is any confusion about which cigarettes products may or may not contain menthol, retailers should ask their tobacco supplier.

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ACS Welcomes Business Rates Revaluation Postponement

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement that a revaluation of business rates has been postponed.

The Non Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2019-20 was introduced to bring the date of the next revaluation forward from 2022 to 2021.

Today (6th May) Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that the scheduled revaluation will no longer take place in 2021 to help ease uncertainty for firms affected by the coronavirus.

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ACS Provides Clarity for Retailers on Menthol Ban

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers about the upcoming ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes which comes into force in two weeks, despite the ongoing situation with the coronavirus outbreak.

From 20th May, the following will be banned:

  • Menthol cigarettes (this includes capsule, click on, click & roll, crushball or dual menthol cigarettes)
  • Cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco which has been packaged with flavoured filters or papers

The ban does not affect the sale of:

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ACS Provides Evidence to Parliamentary Inquiries on COVID-19 Impact

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has provided evidence to two Parliamentary Inquiries which explore the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and the food supply chain, highlighting the vital role that local shops have played in feeding communities.

The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s inquiry looks at the impact of the outbreak on businesses and workers.

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Britain’s Local Shops Now Providing Over 600,000 Home Deliveries A Week

New figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores today show that local shops across Britain have stepped up to keep their communities going during the coronavirus crisis, making over 600,000 grocery deliveries a week.

Before the coronavirus crisis, figures from the 2019 ACS Local Shop Report suggested that a little over one in ten convenience stores provided a home delivery service. This figure has since skyrocketed, with around two thirds of local shops now offering some form of delivery.

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ACS Works with Alzheimer’s Society to Support Vulnerable Customers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has developed a resource to help convenience retailers work with councils to provide support to the vulnerable customers living in their communities.

Retailers can fill in the ‘Retailer Services Checklist’ with details about the products, services and support that they have available for their customers, particularly those who may be more vulnerable or who are self-isolating.

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GroceryAid Launches New Fund to Support Convenience Colleagues

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the launch of a new £1.5 million fund from GroceryAid to help grocery colleagues deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

GroceryAid is a national charity offering emotional, financial and practical advice and support on a range of issues for all grocery colleagues and their immediate families.

The new fund aims to provide help to colleagues in three key ways:

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ACS: Government Issues Coronavirus Testing Guidance

The Government has issued further guidance for employers on coronavirus testing following the announcement that essential workers that are self-isolating are now eligible for the coronavirus test.

The NHS has produced a more detailed Employer Referral Portal- User Guide providing a step by step guide of how the portal works, how to fill out the referral spreadsheet, what information you will need about employees and how to track employee testing.

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ACS Welcomes Coronavirus Testing Extension

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Government about the extension of coronavirus testing to all key workers in England experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

During yesterday’s press conference, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock outlined the Government’s ‘test, track and trace’ programme to help the UK out of lockdown.

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