ACS Launches National Living Wage Survey 2021

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

Launched today (16th April), 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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Industry Bodies Come Together for Welsh Hustings Event

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) partnered with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and other food and drink industry groups for a Welsh hustings event this morning ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections taking place on May 6th.

The event, chaired by Chris Kelsey, editor of Business News Wales, gave the opportunity for political parties to provide more detail about how their policies will support the food and drink sector.

The party representatives included:

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ACS Reminds Local Shops About Upcoming Changes to the Sale of Domestic Solid Fuels

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding convenience retailers about the upcoming changes to the sale of manufactured solid fuels and wood.

From 1st May 2021, retail businesses in England including convenience stores, supermarkets and forecourts must not sell traditional house coal (bituminous coal).

Permitted manufactured solid fuels and wood also can only be sold as follows:

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Last Chance to Book Your Place at ACS’ Summit21!

Book your place at ACS’ biggest annual conference, taking place virtually as an immersive event on 13th April.

Summit21 is an unmissable event for anyone involved with the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers and industry experts from around the world.

This year’s conference will cover three key themes in relation to the convenience sector: recover, retain and reimagine. The sessions will be co-chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and Central England Co-operative chief executive Debbie Robinson.

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Supplier News: Marstair - Developing cutting edge refrigeration and specialist air conditioning products for 50 years

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Marstair has a history of excellence and quality in the industry, as a UK based manufacturing company which has been developing cutting edge refrigeration and specialist air conditioning products for the last 50 years.

Our expertise ensures Marstair remain one of the leading suppliers of innovative refrigeration products in both the UK market and throughout Europe.

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Less Than One Week Until ACS’ Summit21!

Book your place at ACS’ biggest annual conference, taking place virtually as an immersive event on 13th April.

Summit21 is an unmissable event for anyone involved with the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers and industry experts from around the world.

This year’s conference will cover three key themes in relation to the convenience sector: recover, retain and reimagine. The sessions will be co-chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and Central England Co-operative chief executive Debbie Robinson.

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ACS: New State Aid Rules Must Not Penalise the Convenience Sector

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consultation on establishing new rules around government subsidies.

The consultation was launched following the end of the transition period for leaving the European Union on 31st December. The consultation looks at establishing new UK subsidy control rules, to replace existing EU-derived state aid law.

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Local Shops Need Urgent Clarity on Upcoming Plastic Bag Charge Rules

ACS has called on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to confirm the implementation date and communications plan for retailers ahead of upcoming changes to laws on plastic bags.

The new rules will see all retailers in England included in mandatory plastic bag charging, whilst at the same time setting the minimum amount that can be charged for a plastic bag at 10p. The rules were initially planned to come into force on April 30th, but DEFRA are set to revise that date due to issues with the parliamentary timetable.

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