Everyday Entrepreneurs Inquiry Hosts Second Evidence Session

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Small Shops held their second oral evidence session into their Everyday Entrepreneurs Inquiry in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Simon Danczuk MP, Luke Hall MP and David Warburton MP led the questioning of entrepreneurs and trade association leaders.

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GroceryAid: Health and Wellbeing Initiative Brings Help for Independents

The new health and wellbeing section of the GroceryAid website launched this week is aimed in particular at the needs of the independent sector as it offers a whole range of support, regardless of the size of the business.

It was created following feedback from their annual industry research and offers comprehensive guidance and support for everyone in the grocery industry.

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ACS Welcomes Jelf into Connect Membership

ACS has announced that Jelf, has joined as a Connect member. Jelf is an award-winning insurance broker and financial consultancy. They are able to offer ACS members quotes and advice, helping get the right level of insurance to ensure convenience stores are adequately covered.

Jelf chief executive, Phil Barton said: “We are delighted to become a member of ACS; we are looking forward to working with the association and its members to provide our expert advice and our insurance offering within the shop sector.”

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Investment Survey Closes Today - Respond Now

ACS is calling on retailers to respond to the ACS Investment Tracker Survey looking at the convenience sector's investment priorities over the last three months which closes today.

The short survey's responses support ACS' work in Parliament, representing the contribution local shops make to the country's economy. The Investment Tracker also shows government the potential impact that policy decisions, such as the introduction of the National Living Wage, can have on small businesses' ability and willingness to invest in their store.

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2015 Local Shop Report Highlights Essential Economic and Social Value of UK Convenience Stores

The 2015 Local Shop Report has revealed the vital contribution that local shops make, both to the UK economy and the consumers who rely on them.

Published today, the report offers new information about the value that local shops provide their communities, as well as key information about the entrepreneurs that run stores, their staff and the market as a whole.

Key findings from the report include:

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Wales Carrier Bag Usage Highlights Need for Universal Charging in England

ACS has urged the government to include small businesses in the upcoming carrier bag charge in England after new figures show the nationwide scheme has reduced usage by 71% in Wales.

The report, released by the Welsh Government, also revealed that since the mandatory 5p charge for all single-use carrier bags was introduced in 2011, 87% of retailers said the charge either had a neutral or positive impact on their business, while 74% of consumers are supportive of the charge.

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ACS Condemns Financial Burden of Proposed Welsh Tobacco Retailer Register

ACS has responded to a consultation on the introduction of a tobacco retailer register in Wales, opposing the Welsh government’s plans to introduce a national retailer funded tobacco and e-cigarette register.

The proposed register would cost retailers £30 per store and £10 per additional store to register to sell tobacco products.

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One Week to Go! Book Your Free Place for ACS Local Shop Report Launch 2015

There is just one week to go until the exclusive launch of the latest installment of ACS’ flagship research project, ‘The Local Shop Report 2015’on 9th September in Manchester.

ACS chief executive, James Lowman, will be unveiling the key findings of the fourth edition of the ACS Local Shop Report. One Stop’s Franchise Director, Andrew King and Scotfresh’s Managing Director, Shaun Marwaha, will be part of a panel of experienced retailers uncovering the effect the report’s findings will have on the convenience sector.

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Contactless Payment Limit Rises to £30 from Today

The spending limit of contactless payment transactions has risen to £30 from today (1st September).

Previously, contactless spending was limited to purchases up to the value of £20 per transaction. Contactless payment allows shoppers to pay for goods or services by tapping their debit or credit card onto a card terminal without having to input their PIN. Contactless payment has become increasingly popular amongst consumers, with contactless spending in the UK increasing by 560% in the last year alone, according to MasterCard.

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