ONS Crime Figures Reveal Highest Level of Shop Theft Since 2003

The Office for National Statistics have released its annual figures on shoplifting, revealing the highest volume of shop theft since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003.

The figures show that there were over 9,000 more incidents of shop theft in the year ending September 2015 when compared with the previous year. While most offences recorded by the NCRS have seen steady decline, shop theft has slowly risen over recent years.

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New Apprenticeship Grant Opportunity Introduced by GroceryAid

GroceryAid has opened up applications for apprentices looking for extra financial support while undertaking a grocery industry apprenticeship.

GroceryAid aims to support a number of apprentices by offering up to £520p/a. This can be used to help with costs such as living expenses, accommodation, travel expenses, study material and equipment. The offer is valid for up to four years, dependent on proof of continuation of the apprenticeship programme.

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Welsh Small Shops Group Starts Work On High Street Support Project

The Welsh Cross Party Small Shops Group, Chaired by Janet Finch-Suanders AM, met in the Welsh Assembly today (Wednesday) to co-ordinate a new economic development group on high streets in Wales.

The group, which includes representatives from the Association of Convenience Stores, the Federation of Small Businesses and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, will develop new guidance to support the high street growth and sustainability.

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My Local CEO Mike Greene to close Summit16 as Key Note Speaker

ACS is delighted to announce that My Local CEO Mike Greene will take to the stage to wrap up Summit16 as the keynote speaker. As CEO of My Local, Mike is the leader of one of the most exciting formats of the industry and he will be sharing his years of experience of how to make the most out of your business. My Local is a c-store chain operating 130 stores across England and Wales.

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Book your place at the 2016 Crime Seminar

This year’s ACS Crime Seminar will take place on 17 March in London, where ACS will reveal the results of the 2016 Crime Report in addition to hearing from experts in the sector about how to deal with the impact of crime and implement effective crime prevention measures to safeguard your business.

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Department of Health Confirms Dates for New Restrictions on Tobacco Products

The Department of Health have responded to a consultation on the revised Tobacco Products Directive, confirming the dates for the introduction of stricter controls on tobacco packaging, pack sizes and electronic cigarettes.

The following regulations will come into force in May 2016, and retailers will not be able to sell product that does not comply with these new  stipulations from May 2017:

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ACS Calls for Simplicity in Business Rates Appeal Process

ACS has submitted its response to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)’s consultation on proposed changes to the business rates appeals system, calling on the Government to ensure that the system is simple and accessible for retailers.

The consultation was launched in November by High Streets Minister Marcus Jones, who claims that the plans will ensure businesses can be confident that their valuations are fair whilst attempting to curb the number of speculative appeals going through the system.

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ACS Announces Events Line-Up for 2016

ACS is delighted to announce our 2016 line-up of events for retailers and suppliers. Our events are designed to engage and inform our members on everything that’s happening in the convenience sector.

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