Sign Up to Assured Advice Today – Free for ACS Members

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to take advantage of a new platform to allow them to train their staff on Assured Advice.

The platform, which has been developed by online learning company Bolt, will allow any ACS member to sign up to the Assured Advice scheme and benefit from both the assurance of the guides and industry leading training modules for staff members.

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Mike Greene: Sunday Trading Rules are a Great British Compromise

Plans to reform Sunday trading will not address the problems of high streets and make the Government the enemy of entrepreneurial businesses.

The Government has finally set out its stall on Sunday trading, releasing its response to the consultation after months of waiting, alongside amendments to the Enterprise Bill designed to give powers to local authorities to set Sunday trading hours as they see fit.

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Business Rates Burden Hits Record High

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on Government to outline its plan for meaningful business rates reform and reinstate the Retail Rate Relief scheme as business rates income reaches record levels.

The Department for Communities and Local Government released figures this morning claiming that business rates income has reached £23.5bn, raising an extra £400m compared to a year ago.

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Leon Restaurants Co-Founder Henry Dimbleby to speak at Summit16

ACS will be welcoming Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of London fast food chain Leon to speak at Summit 16 and share his expertise on one of most exciting trends in modern convenience stores: Food-to-go.

With an ever increasing upswing trend in healthy eating, Leon provides consumers a convenient solution for eating nutritious food on the run. Leon currently operates 33 restaurants across the UK.

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Book Your Place at Summit16

Tickets are now on sale for the premier event in the convenience sector, ACS Summit16.

This year’s conference, to be held in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on April 19th 2016 will set out to inspire retailers and suppliers to think differently about the way they do business and provide practical ideas that will make the difference between running a good store and a great one.

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Headline Speakers Announced for 2016 Crime Seminar

ACS has announced a packed line-up of MPs, industry experts and senior retailers to speak at this year’s ACS Crime Seminar, taking place on 17 March at Methodist Central Hall, London.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Retail crime is one of the biggest operational challenges convenience retailers face. The Crime Seminar provide retailers with the opportunity to hear from industry experts, crime policy champions and share best practice with other retailers to discover new ways to reduce crime in their store”.

Confirmed speakers at the Crime Seminar include:

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Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme - Information for Retailers

If you sell alcohol to another business you may need to apply to register for the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). This scheme was introduced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to tackle alcohol fraud.

If you only sell alcohol to the general public and not to other businesses you won’t need to apply.

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ACS Calls on FSA to Scrap Costs for Food Hygiene Reassessments

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Food Standard Agency’s consultation on its initial impact assessment of mandatory displays of food hygiene ratings in England, raising concerns about the additional administrative burdens that mandatory food hygiene displays will have on retailers.

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Shortlist Announced for Technology Showcase on February 11

ACS is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Technology Showcase, taking place at the Millbank Media Centre in London on February 11th.

The Technology Showcase allows retailers to discover the most exciting advances on the market, and also offer ideas to implement in their own store from a range of companies offering innovative solutions for the convenience sector.

The following companies have been shortlisted to present on the day:

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