Local Shops Welcome Government Commitment on High Speed Broadband

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which will ensure that everyone in the UK will be able to request high speed broadband by 2020.

In the 2017 Rural Shop Report, ACS highlighted the problems that retailers – especially the 19,000 convenience stores in rural areas - face when trying to invest in their business with substandard broadband speeds and called for the Government to deliver the Universal Service Obligation at a minimum spend of 10mbps.

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ACS Welcomes Proposals to Introduce a Licence Obligation on Backbilling

ACS has welcomed Ofgem’s proposals to introduce a new 12-month backbilling limit for microbusinesses in response to their consultation on protecting non-domestic consumers who receive backbills.

The consultation follows ACS’ calls earlier this year for the regulator to take a more active role in protecting microbusinesses from lengthy backbills.

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ACS Calls on Treasury Select Committee to Scrutinise LINK Proposals on Interchange Fees

ACS has written to Nicky Morgan MP, chair of the Treasury Select Committee, calling for the Committee and the Payment Systems Regulator to carefully scrutinise LINK’s plans to reduce interchange fees for ATMs.

In the letter, ACS expresses scepticism at LINK’s claims that they intend to ‘retain an extensive network of free ATMs for consumers’, as a cut in the interchange fee would inevitably lead to a decline in the number of cash machines available for consumers.

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Advice for Convenience Stores on Selling Fireworks

Christmas and New Years Eve often provide great opportunities for convenience store retailers to maximise their sales through seasonal products. However, there are a few things retailers should bear in mind during the autumn season. As a helping hand, ACS has produced Assured Advice Guides on ‘Preventing Underage Sales’ and ‘Selling Fireworks’. These guides provide extensive information about the laws and guidelines regarding the sale of some of the products which will be in high demand over the next few weeks.

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Cross Party Group On Small Shops Leads Supporting Entrepreneurship Inquiry

The Supporting Entrepreneurship Inquiry held its first evidence session in the National Assembly for Wales on 6th December, taking evidence directly from a range of Welsh Entrepreneurs and business organisations exploring how Government policy can support entrepreneurship.

The Inquiry is collecting evidence on the contributions that different types of entrepreneur make to the Welsh economy and looks to how best to support these entrepreneurs in the long-term.

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Treasury Committee Chair Raises Concerns over LINK Proposals to Weaken ATM Network

Treasury Select Committee chair Nicky Morgan MP has raised concerns about the future of the UK’s cash machine network in response to comments from LINK Chair Sir Mark Boleat.

Reassurances were sought by Nicky Morgan after a consultation was published by LINK in November, proposing to reduce the level of interchange rates (the fee paid by card issuers to ATM operators) by 20% over the next four years.

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Food Foundation Toolkit to Help Retailers Sell More Veg

UK consumers are buying two thirds less veg than the amount recommended by health experts. According to Government guidance on a healthy diet, 20% of our shopping should be made up of vegetables, but in reality we only reach 7.2%. Figures from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show that as many as 20,000 premature deaths annually in the UK could be avoided if we all ate more veg.

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Assured Advice: Free For ACS Members

Thousands of ACS members benefit from the protection of Assured Advice, helping retailers to deal with enforcement authorities. 

By following Assured Advice, retailers receive consistent interpretation of regulations, reduce the costs of complying with regulations, and reduce the risk of a major breach of compliance and the costs associated with failing to comply.

ACS’ assured advice scheme has been developed in partnership with Surrey and Buckinghamshire Trading Standards, and covers the following areas:

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ACS Supports International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

ACS is supporting the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2nd. This yearly event is an opportunity to raise awareness of Modern Slavery, promote how incidents can be reported and highlight the ways in which the Government is tackling the issue.

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