ACS: Government Announces New Watchdog to Protect Workers’ Rights

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Government on the launch of a new watchdog which aims to protect workers’ rights in the UK.

At present, responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing the minimum wage and protecting agency workers is currently spread across three separate bodies.

The introduction of the new watchdog will see the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC’s National Minimum Wage Enforcement combined to create a single enforcement body.

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ACS: Government Must Support Local Shops to Improve Energy Efficiency

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called for the Government to ensure that local shops are supported in the move to meet proposed minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES).

The Government is proposing to introduce an increase in MEES to EPC C by 2027 and EPC B by 2030.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy launched a consultation looking at the framework to implement tighter minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for privately rented non-domestic buildings.

In its submission ACS makes a number of recommendations, including:

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Access to Cash Webinar Now Available on Demand

ACS’ latest webinar exploring the issues surrounding access to cash is now available on the ACS member portal.

The webinar features presentations from Steve Dowling (ACS), Miranda Hewkin-Smith (Bank of England) and Andrew Self (Payment Systems Regulator), looking at the way that payment methods are changing, how valuable cash is to consumers, and what needs to be done to retain access to cash in the long term.

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New Bill Aims to Improve Resilience in Fuel Supply Chain

ACS has welcomed the publication of a new Bill aimed at maintaining fuel supply to customers in the event of disruption.

The Downstream Oil Resilience Bill was introduced today (Monday) by Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan after being first announced during the Queen’s Speech earlier this year. The Bill aims to address the following issues:

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Small Business Minister Confirmed to Speak at ACS’ Heart of the Community!

Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets Paul Scully MP has been confirmed to speak at the parliamentary reception following ACS’ Heart of the Community conference. The Minister will outline the Government’s plan for local shops and present the Raj Aggarwal Award for exceptional community retailing.

This year’s conference will take place from 11.30am – 6.00pm on 12th October at One Great George Street, Westminster.

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ACS: C-Store Collective Joins as New Connect Member

ACS is delighted to announce that the C-Store Collective, a panel of industry-leading consultants, associates and experts, has joined ACS as a new Connect member.

With over 100 years of combined experience, C-Store Collective, co-founded by industry experts John Heagney, Jonathan Rons and Mike Igoe, offers a range of services for its retail partners, including:

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