Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP Confirmed to Speak at ACS Heart of the Community Reception

Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP is confirmed to speak at the Parliamentary Reception following the ACS Heart of Community Conference on Tuesday 16th October in the heart of Westminster, 1 Birdcage Walk. She will be speaking to retailers directly about the government’s plans to support local shops.

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.

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Chief Executive’s Blog: What Future for Business Rates?

The continuing struggles of some of the UK’s most well-known high street businesses (House of Fraser being the most recent of these to hit the headlines) has led many to once again point the finger at the business rates system as a major contributor to the decline of bricks and mortar stores.

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2 Days Left to Enter the Great British High Street Awards 2018!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to enter their local area into the Great British High Street Awards (GBHS) 2018. Run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, the awards recognise and celebrate the local achievements of the nation’s high streets.

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Science and Technology Committee: E-Cigarettes “Should Not be Treated in the Same Way” as Tobacco

ACS has welcomed a new report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee on e-cigarettes, which urges the Government to maintain a separate approach to taxation for e-cigarettes and tobacco products due to the significantly lower risk that e-cigarettes pose to health.

The report claims that while e-cigarettes are estimated as being 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes, they are often overlooked by the NHS as a tool to help people stop smoking.

Recommendations from the Science and Technology Committee report include:

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Enter the 2018 Best Small Shops Competition

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is supporting the Best Small Shops competition (BSSC), celebrating the creativity of UK independent retailers and the key role that they play on the high street and in their local communities.

The BSSC, managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation, is open to UK independent retailers and will look at their entrepreneurial skills, community values and customer service. Retailers can enter by submitting details of their business via the online application form.

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