ACS Calls for Government to Do More to Recognise Businesses as Victims of Crime

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation from the Ministry of Justice calling for the government to do more to support businesses who are victims of crime.

The consultation called for views on proposed themes and areas for reform ahead of publishing a second consultation on a revised version of the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code).

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ACS: Action Needed to Tackle Violence Against Shopworkers

ACS has welcomed new research from City University of London calling for greater action from the Government to tackle violence against shopworkers.

The research, which was commissioned by the Co-op, references ACS’ Crime Report which shows that there were almost 10,000 incidents of violence against shopworkers in the convenience sector last year, 40% resulting in injury of staff. The report calls for:

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ACS Highlights Crucial Role of UK Convenience Sector; Warns of Potential Impact of No Deal Brexit

The 2019 Local Shop Report has revealed that the 46,388 stores in the UK convenience sector currently employ around 405,000 people, generating sales of over £40.3bn over the last year. The report, launched this week by the Association of Convenience Stores, demonstrates how important the UK’s network of convenience stores are to thousands of communities and millions of customers.  

Key findings from this year’s report include:

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ACS Launches Brexit Readiness Briefing for Convenience Sector

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched a briefing for the convenience sector to help retailers consider how their business may be affected by the UK leaving the EU with no deal.

The Brexit Readiness Briefing covers three core elements that may be affected in the convenience sector: trading environment, workforce & people and regulations. Each of the sections includes a number of considerations for retailers to think about in relation to their business and suggests some preparations they can make in advance.

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Payments Regulator: Consumers and Businesses Still Value Access to Cash

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the findings of research into consumers’ and small businesses’ attitudes towards and need for access to cash.

The BritainThinks research commissioned by the Payment Systems Regulator shows that ‘the majority of consumers use cash regularly’, with 83% of consumers using a free-to-use ATM within the past month and 67% of consumers using cash more than once in the past week.

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Home Office Figures Show Retailers being Repeatedly Targeted by Criminals

ACS has called for a more targeted approach to dealing with repeat offenders, after official figures from the Home Office show that retailers who experience crime are being targeted more often than in previous years.

The 2018 Commercial Victimisation Survey, published this morning (5th September), shows that overall, crimes against retailers and wholesalers continue to rise year on year, driven mostly by increases in theft by customers.

Key findings from the survey include:

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Chancellor Outlines Plans in First Spending Review

Chancellor Outlines Plans in First Spending Review

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the announcements made by Chancellor Sajid Javid during the Spending Review, outlining details about the allocation of money to different departments during the 2020-2021 financial year.

The Chancellor announced plans to invest in the criminal justice system, including £750m to fund the first year of the government’s plan to recruit 20,000 new police officers by 2022, with plans to have the first 2,000 police officers in place by the end of March 2020.

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