ACS: Use Welsh Budget to Commit to More Frequent Revaluations

Alongside ten other business groups, ACS has written to the Welsh Finance Secretary Rebecca Evans AM urging her to consider more frequent revaluations of business rates in Wales.

The joint letter calls for the Welsh Government to bring business rates revaluations forward to every three years rather than every five years to bring the nation in line with proposals in England and Scotland.

The eleven business groups represent a number of sectors including retail, hospitality, commercial property, construction, and leisure.

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ACS Welcomes Findings of Fireworks Inquiry

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the findings of a report from the House of Commons Petitions Committee’s inquiry on the sale and use of fireworks.

The inquiry was launched as result of a number of petitions from the public expressing concerns about the impact of fireworks and calls for tighter restrictions and a total ban on public sales and use.

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Retail Organisations Call for Urgent Action on Violence and Abuse Toward Shopworkers from Home Office

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has written to the Minister of State for the Home Office Kit Malthouse MP, calling for an urgent response to the call for evidence on violence and abuse toward shopworkers ahead of a parliamentary debate on prevention of retail crime.

In the letter, ACS revealed that there has been an estimated 200,000 assaults and threats of people working in retail and wholesale sector since the Home Office’s call for evidence closed.

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ACS and FWD Call on Exchequer Secretary to Address Track and Trace Confusion

Retailers and wholesalers have written to HMRC calling for answers over concerns about ongoing problems with requirements under the track and trace regulations to scan and record the movement and sale of tobacco.

The letter, written by the Association of Convenience Stores and the Federation of Wholesale Distributors to the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, highlights serious concerns over range of issues that remain unaddressed with the introduction of track and trace rules for tobacco products. 

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Debbie Robinson and Paul Stone Begin Roles as Chair and Vice Chair of ACS

The new chair and vice chair of ACS officially take on their roles from today. Central England Co-operative Chief Executive Debbie Robinson is the new chair, with independent retailer Paul Stone taking on the role of vice chair.

Debbie Robinson takes the place of Sewell Retail Ltd Managing Director Patrick Sewell as chair of the board. Patrick has served as chair since November 2016, and will remain on the ACS board.

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ACS Welcomes Recommendations on Business Rates from Treasury Committee

ACS has welcomed a series of recommendations from the Treasury Select Committee on the future of business rates. 

The Treasury Select Committee launched the Impact of business rates on business inquiry in February this year to assess how business rates policy has changed, including business rates retention, alternatives to property-based taxes, such as the proposed digital services tax, and how changes to business rates could impact businesses.

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ACS: Local Shops Play Key Role in Healthy Food Provision

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed findings of research conducted by the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) on engaging convenience retailers with healthy foods.

The Food Research Collaboration is an initiative of the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London which looks to improve the UK food system.

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ACS: Guidance for Retailers on Fireworks and Seasonal Products

Fireworks are popular with consumers in the lead up to events such as Bonfire Night (5th November). The sale of fireworks is a highly regulated area and it is vital that convenience retailers ensure that they are aware of the rules and guidelines that apply to the sale and storage of these products.

Retailers must apply for permission to store fireworks from their local trading standards service or fire authority. If permission to store fireworks is granted, then fireworks can be sold within the following dates:

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Small Business Minister Celebrates Apprentices at ACS Parliamentary Reception

Convenience retailers and MPs from around the UK have come together at the annual Association of Convenience Stores Heart of the Community Reception to celebrate the role of apprentices in the convenience sector.

Speaking at the reception, Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP recognised the importance of convenience stores to local communities, especially in rural and isolated areas where the interaction between colleagues in stores and their customers plays an important role in reducing loneliness.

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