Election Day: How Do the Main Parties Line Up on Key Issues Affecting Local Shops?

ACS has launched an easy-to-read manifesto guide depicting how the main political parties’ pledges will affect local shops.

The guide compares the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and UKIP’s promises to see how they line up on key issues affecting small business, including: business rates, employment, public health, high streets and more.

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Convenience Retailer Holds Small Business Hustings

Independent convenience retailer, Amit Patel, owner of Belvedere News and Wine, hosted a small business hustings event at Belvedere Community Centre in his store’s Erith & Thamesmead constituency.

Amit arranged the hustings event to allow local small business owners to question the constituency’s prospective MPs about pressing issues affecting their businesses and raise awareness of their concerns within the local community.

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Independent Retailer meets his Store’s Local PPCs

Independent convenience retailer, Jinx Hundal, was joined by his shop’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) at his One Stop store in his local constituency of Norwich South on 28th April.

Jinx invited his store’s PPCs to visit his store to discuss the important role that his shop plays within the local community and to discuss pressing issues which affect his business on a day-to-day basis.

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PPC Visits Independent Convenience Retailer

Independent retailer, Mo Razzaq, recently invited his Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to his Mo's Family Shopper store to discuss some of the key issues that have been affecting his business ahead of the election.

Mo invited Tom Greatrex, the Scottish Labour & Co-operative Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mo’s store in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, to his store to highlight the important role that local shops play within the community and economy.

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Sign up to Assured Advice Today

ACS is encouraging retailers to sign up for Assured Advice and benefit from industry leading best practice on a range of issues affecting a convenience store business.

Assured Advice has been developed for convenience store owners by ACS and Surrey County Council. By signing up to ACS’ Assured Advice primary authority scheme and following the guidance, your store procedures must be respected by ALL local enforcement officers including environmental health, police and trading standards – but you must sign up to the scheme to benefit from this privilege.

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ACS Sets Out Post-Election Priorities at Annual Summit Conference

ACS chief executive, James Lowman has set out the key issues likely to be facing convenience stores after the election at this year’s ACS Summit conference in Birmingham on 21st April.

Mr Lowman highlighted business rates, the national minimum wage and the public health agenda as three areas where engagement on both a local and national level will be essential to the growth of the convenience sector, whoever forms the next government on May 7th.

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Linda Williams and Ramesh Shingadia to go Head to Head in Battle of the Best

Award winning independent retailers, Linda Williams and Ramesh Shingadia, are set to go head to head at ACS Summit 15 in the first ever Battle of the Best.

The feature, debuting at this year’s Summit conference, sees the retailers travelling around the country in search of the best innovations and in-store practices to take back to Birmingham’s NEC – the site of Summit 15. On the day, those in attendance will have the opportunity vote for their favourite, with the winner taking home the coveted title of Battle of the Best champion.

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SNP Announce Manifesto Pledges Ahead of 2015 Election

The Scottish National Party have released their full manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election on 7th May, pledging to make employment fairer for workers and to increase funding for small businesses.

The SNP have pledged to increase the minimum wage to £8.70 per hour by 2020, making a quarter of a million people in Scotland better off by up to £4,000 a year. They also back an increase in the minimum wage rate for 18 to 21 year olds to £6.86 by 2020, applying the same rate to apprentices; and will increase the wage rate for 16 to 18 year olds to £5.07 per hour.

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