ACS Welcomes Calls to Tackle Unregulated Car Washes

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed calls from Matthew Taylor, the Interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement for tighter regulation to tackle non-compliant hand car washes.

At an event at Resolution Foundation today (13th February), Matthew Taylor called for the introduction of a national licensing scheme to tackle “endemic non-compliance” in the hand car wash sector.

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One Week Until the Introduction of £20 Polymer Banknote

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is urging retailers to ensure that they are prepared for the introduction of the new polymer £20 and are aware of its security features.

From 20th February 2020 the new polymer £20 will enter circulation and begin appearing in ATMs across the UK.

The £20 polymer note has been designed to be the most secure banknote yet, incorporating sophisticated security features which are difficult to counterfeit but are simple for retailers to check.

The two main security features to look out for are:

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ACS Calls on Government to Introduce Legislative Protection for Shopworkers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reiterated calls to the Government to take urgent action to protect shopworkers from violence and abuse.

During a Westminster Hall debate on the Protection of Retail Workers, led by Mike Amesbury MP, there was agreement from MPs that there should be a specific new offence for attacks against someone serving the public.

Speaking in the debate, Gareth Thomas MP said: “We require shopworkers to uphold legislation passed by Parliament so the least we can do is make sure we protect those same workers”.

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New Updates to Industry Leading Assured Advice Guides Include Important Clarification on Menthol Ban

ACS has launched new versions of its industry leading Assured Advice guides, backed by Surrey and Bucks Trading Standards.

Thousands of ACS members already benefit from Assured Advice, with many more referring to ACS Assured Advice guides as best practice to help them and their colleagues in store. To date, the guides have been downloaded over 100,000 times.

Some of the notable updates to Assured Advice in the latest versions of the guides include:

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Government Urged to Level the Playing Field for UK’s Rural Shops

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Government to ensure that rural shops are included in its plans to level up the UK economy. Published today, the 2020 Rural Shop Report outlines the crucial role that rural shops play in people’s daily lives as job creators, service providers and social hubs.  

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ACS Calls on Chancellor to Support Investment on Forecourts in 2020 Budget

ACS has called on the Chancellor to encourage investment in the UK’s 8,400 forecourts by committing to a business rates review in the 2020 Budget on March 11th.

In its’ submission to the Budget, ACS has called for a business rates system that encourages investment and helps business to change, is fair for every type of business, and improves access to products and services. Over the last year, independent forecourt retailers invested an average of £14,463 in their stores (ACS Forecourt Report 2019).

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Crime Seminar!

Book your place at the ACS Crime Seminar, taking place on 10th March, from 9:30am to 12pm at the Conrad St James Hotel in Westminster.

The Crime Seminar will begin with the launch of ACS’ Crime Report 2020 and will give an exclusive first look at the findings before a discussion with a panel of police, retailers and industry experts.

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Lords Call for Action to Protect Free to Use ATMs

Members of the House of Lords have raised concerns about access to cash in communities and the provision of free to use ATMs in a debate in parliament earlier this week.

During the debate, Lord Naseby urged the Government to consider changing the way that business rates are levied on through the wall, free to use ATMs, and called on the Payment Systems Regulator to intervene to stop continued cuts to interchange fees. 

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ACS Teams Up with Social Media Experts Maybe* to Launch New Tools for Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has teamed up with the social media experts from audience engagement platform Maybe* to launch new tools for retailers looking to make the most out of social media in their business.

Figures from the 2019 Local Shop Report show that Facebook is currently the most popular social platform for retailers with 39% using it in their business, followed by Twitter (27%), Instagram (11%) and WhatsApp (9%).

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Budget 2020: Chancellor Urged to Give Local Shops Green Light to Invest

ACS has set out its recommendations to the Chancellor ahead of the 2020 Budget on March 11th, calling for changes to policies on business rates, crime and employment costs to help boost the UK’s 46,000 local shops.

In the submission, ACS has urged the Government to give local shops and other small businesses the green light to invest without facing an increase in their rates bills as a result. Convenience stores invested £558m in their businesses in the year to November 2019, but this was down almost a quarter on the previous year.

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