Small Business Minister Recognises Vital Role of Retail Sector

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a letter from Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, Paul Scully MP which highlights the vital and positive role that the retail sector has played during the coronavirus crisis.

In the letter, Paul Scully MP says: “I would like to echo the comments made by the Business Secretary in his letter of 8 April thanking retail workers who have continued to work in our shops, online and supply chains throughout this challenging period. 

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience Virtual Conference

Book your place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience virtual conference, taking place on 1st July 2020.

This morning session will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers as they discuss the issues currently affecting forecourt retailers and some issues that they may face in the future. 

Speakers confirmed so far include:

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Chief Executive's Blog: Changes to Sunday trading won’t kickstart a retail recovery

Few issues divide the retail industry and fire up an emotional response like Sunday trading.

Some see any restrictions on trading hours as fundamentally at odds with a free market, others think it’s outrageous that we allow any retailing at all on a Sunday.

I respect both of those views, but I find myself aligned – personally and on behalf of the convenience stores I represent – with the majority of the public who, time after time, tell us that they support the current compromise of allowing six consecutive opening hours on a Sunday.

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ACS Launches New Guidance to Support Unpaid Carers in Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched new guidance today to support the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers, who are helping elderly, ill, or vulnerable friends and relatives.

The guidance helps retailers and colleagues working in local shops to identify unpaid carers, and recommends ways to support them both in-store and through delivery services.

Some of the recommendations for retailers looking to further support unpaid carers include:

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ACS: Save the Date for Summit20 and the Local Shop Report Launch!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced the new date for its annual conference and launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Summit20 will now be taking place on 9th September 2020 as a virtual immersive event and this year’s conference will also feature the launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Confirmed speakers include:

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ACS Provides Clarity for Retailers on Age Verifications and Face Coverings

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has worked with Trading Standards to provide clarity for local shops about the sale of age-restricted products in relation to customers wearing face masks or face coverings.

When serving customers wearing face masks or face coverings who wish to purchase an age-restricted product in store, retailers should consider the following:

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ACS Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling on ATM Business Rates

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a ruling from the Supreme Court which has concluded that external ATMs should not be subject to a separate business rates assessment.

Valuation officers challenged a Court of Appeal ruling which concluded that ATMs at existing properties, either inside or outside, should not be subject to separate bills

In a ruling today (20th May) a panel of five justices dismissed the Government’s appeal and upheld the Court of Appeal decision from November 2018.

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