Last Chance to Book Your Place at ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum!

Taking place virtually on 25th May, 2 - 4pm, ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum will explore two big strategic policy issues:

  • new regulations on high fat, salt sugar products
  • the introduction of new environmental regulations such as deposit return schemes and extended producer responsibility

The Forum will be chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and split into two main sessions:

Environment

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Environment Committee Highlights Small Store Concerns on Details of DRS Scheme

ACS has welcomed a new report from the Environmental Audit Committee on the introduction of a deposit return scheme, recognising a number of challenges faced by small retailers.

The report follows written and oral evidence sessions from stakeholders including ACS, setting out the Committee’s recommendations for a scheme that is workable and sustainable for all retailers and that has a meaningful impact on recycling rates. These include:

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10p Plastic Bag Charge Comes into Force in Small Shops

ACS has welcomed the long-awaited extension of plastic bag charging to all businesses from today (21 May), which will provide consistency for consumers and further opportunity for retailers to raise money for good causes.

From today in England, the minimum charge for plastic bags stands at 10p per bag, and is applicable to all businesses regardless of size. The plastic bag charge is already applicable to all businesses in Scotland and Wales.

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ACS: Entries Open for Raj Aggarwal Trophy to Celebrate Outstanding Community Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to submit their entries for a new trophy marking the legacy of independent retailer Raj Aggarwal. The trophy will be awarded to retailers who have been exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers.

Applications are welcome from any convenience store operator, independent retailers and managers of multiple-owned outlets.

To enter, applicants must submit a short film (maximum of 5 minutes), which will show:

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Less Than One Week Until ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum!

Taking place virtually on 25th May, 2 - 4pm, ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum will explore two big strategic policy issues:

  • new regulations on high fat, salt sugar products
  • the introduction of new environmental regulations such as deposit return schemes and extended producer responsibility

The Forum will be chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and split into two main sessions:

Environment

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ACS: Government Support Must Continue Beyond the Pandemic

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to an inquiry into jobs, growth and productivity after the pandemic, calling for the Government to ensure that support for local shops is extended beyond the pandemic to enable recovery and growth in the convenience sector.

The inquiry was launched by the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee to examine how the Government can reduce and mitigate damage to the labour market and how to improve productivity to support economic growth after the pandemic.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum!

Taking place virtually on 25th May, 2 - 4pm, ACS’ Responsible Retailing Forum will explore two big strategic policy issues:

  • new regulations on high fat, salt sugar products
  • the introduction of new environmental regulations such as deposit return schemes and extended producer responsibility

The Forum will be chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and split into two main sessions:

Environment

Read More

ACS Encourages Local Shops To Promote Cash Acceptance

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging local shops to promote their acceptance of cash through the ‘Cash Friendly Pledge’.

Launched today (13th May) by Which?, the ‘Cash-Friendly Pledge’ is a public commitment from retailers which sends the clear message to customers that they can continue to use cash as a payment method in their store.

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