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SGF & ACS: Scottish Government Publish Deposit Return Scheme Consultation

The Scottish Government have today (Wednesday) published a consultation on what the format and structure of a Deposit Return Scheme should look like in Scotland.

The Scottish Government committed to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland in their programme for Government 2017-18 and have been working with Zero Waste Scotland on the development of the consultation

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Less than a Week Until the 2018 ACS/PRA Forecourt Conference

The ACS/PRA Forecourt Conference is the must-attend event for anyone interested in fuel retailing. This year’s conference is taking place on 3rd July at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

The forecourt sector is made up of over 8,400 stores providing jobs to over 109,000 people. Forecourt retailers are faced with many opportunities and challenges as technology and consumer demands change, the Forecourt Conference is the chance to hear from industry experts about the sector and ask them questions.

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MPs from All Major Parties Sign Motion on Shop Theft

An Early Day Motion tabled by All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group chair Ruth George MP on the importance of dealing with shop theft has received cross party support from MPs.

Early Day Motion 1415 has received signatures from members of the Labour Party, Conservative Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrats and the DUP.

The Early Day Motion states:

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Childhood Obesity Strategy: New Measures Must be Evidence Based

ACS has responded to the publication of the Department of Health and Social Care’s new Childhood Obesity Strategy, calling on the Government to ensure that any new regulations are evidence based and do not unfairly target small retailers over their larger counterparts.

The new Strategy, following on from measures first announced in August 2016, aims to halve the rates of childhood obesity by 2030 and reduce the gap between the health of children in the least and most wealthy families.

Measures announced for consultation in the new Childhood Obesity Strategy include:

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ACS Highlights Essential Role of Convenience Stores on Future High Streets

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to an inquiry led by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on the future of UK high streets and town centres, calling on the Committee to look at ways to reduce the burden of business rates on retailers trading on high streets.

In the submission, ACS has called for a series of measures to ensure the sustainability of high streets and the ability of retailers trading on high streets to invest. Recommendations made in the submission include:

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Scottish Tobacco Licensing Scheme Could Duplicate Burdens on Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s updated Tobacco Control Action Plan, raising concerns that the introduction of a tobacco licensing scheme would end up duplicating burdens on retailers.

The Tobacco Control Action Plan sets out the Scottish Government’s actions on tobacco control for the next five years, including considering new conditions for their tobacco registration scheme and whether they should license retailers to sell tobacco. 

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Mental Health Therapy Support from GroceryAid

GroceryAid is reminding colleagues about its programme aimed at providing insight, advice and actions for those struggling with their mental health.  

The service offers an anonymous, safe and secure space for users to learn and develop, empowering people to manage their own mental and behavioural health. Working with SilverCloud this service will offer a personal, flexible and accessible online space to help with anxiety.

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Book Your Place at the ACS/PRA Forecourt Conference 2018

The ACS/PRA Forecourt Conference is the must-attend event for anyone interested in fuel retailing. This year’s conference is taking place on 3rd July at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

The forecourt sector is made up of over 8,400 stores providing jobs to over 109,000 people. Forecourt retailers are faced with many opportunities and challenges as technology and consumer demands change, the Forecourt Conference is the chance to hear from industry experts about the sector and ask them questions.

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ACS: Bank Closures Highlight Essential Services Provided by Local Shops

ACS has responded to the publication of a new report from consumer group Which? that warns of 60 bank branches closing every month, highlighting the role of convenience stores in continuing to provide banking services for local customers.

The report found that 2,868 branches will have closed between 2015 and the end of 2018, with Scotland, the South East and the North West seeing the most closures per region.

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