Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP Confirmed to Speak at ACS Heart of the Community Reception

Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP is confirmed to speak at the Parliamentary Reception following the ACS Heart of Community Conference on Tuesday 16th October in the heart of Westminster, 1 Birdcage Walk. She will be speaking to retailers directly about the government’s plans to support local shops.

The conference will bring together retailers from across the country to address the policy issues that really matter for the sector, focusing on tackling retail crime, acting on the environment and the future of work in the sector.

The Heart of the Community conference will be followed by an exclusive drinks reception in the House of Commons celebrating success of apprentices in the sector, retailers demonstrating exemplary work in their local communities and retailers enabling healthy choices for consumers.

Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:

On Retail Crime:

  • Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner, Nottinghamshire Police
  • Rory Geoghegan, Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice
  • Victoria Crorken, National Business Crime Partnerships Manager, Co-op
  • Jack Courtez, News Editor, Retail Express

On the Environment:

  • Roger Grosvenor, Joint Chief Executive, East of England Co-op
  • Richard McIlwain, Deputy Chief Executive, Keep Britain Tidy
  • Trewin Restorick, Chief Executive, Hubbub
  • David Rees, Editor, Convenience Store Magazine

On Employment:

  • Richard Lim, Chief Executive, Retail Economics
  • David Shrimpton, Editor, Independent Retail News
  • Conor D’Arcy, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation

The Heart of the Community and parliamentary reception are free to attend for ACS members, but places are limited. To book your place, please click here. If you require any further information, please contact Steve Dowling, ACS Public Affairs Executive, via 01252 533009 or

This entry was posted by Chloe on Thu, 23/08/2018 - 14:45