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Retailers Urged to Get Involved with Global Recycling Day

ACS is calling on retailers to engage with their customers to help them recycle more and use less waste as part of Global Recycling Day.

Figures from the 2018 Local Shop Report show that 46% of independent retailers have introduced a voluntary charge for plastic bags, while 11% provide recycling bins for customers on site. Many retailers also arrange local litter picks and other activity to reduce waste in their community.

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Less Than Four Weeks Until Summit19!

Book your place at Summit19, the definitive convenience event of the year.

Summit19 is an unmissable conference, bringing together leading figures in the convenience sector with industry experts from around the world to take part in a discussion about the opportunities for retailers and suppliers in convenience, both now and in the future. This year’s conference will address two critical questions facing the sector, in two business sessions:

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Spring Statement: Chancellor Signals New Wage Targets After 2020

In his Spring Statement today (13th March), Chancellor Philip Hammond MP has confirmed that the Government will launch a review into the future of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage after 2020.

The review of the international evidence relating to the employment and productivity effects of rising wage rates will be conducted by Professor Arin Dube and will consider the views of employers, trade unions, the Low Pay Commission and other stakeholders. The review will report to HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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ACS: Tobacco Track and Trace Timetable Still Unknown

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Government’s latest consultation on tobacco track and trace regulations, reiterating concerns about the short lead times for implementation.

The consultation asks for views on the enforcement activity that will be introduced to police the track and trace system. In addition to concerns on the timeframes, ACS’ submission seeks clarification on the process for deactivation of identifier codes (which would effectively stop a retailer from selling tobacco in their business) if the regulations are breached.

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Employment in the Convenience Sector: Take Part in the 2019 Colleague Survey

ACS is calling on people working in convenience stores to complete the 2019 Colleague Survey, with five shopping vouchers worth £100 each up for grabs in a prize draw for those who take part in the survey.

The findings of the Colleague Survey will inform ACS’ research projects and engagements with Government. The survey will provide data on staff recruitment, job satisfaction, personal commitments, training and development and more.

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ACS: Get Involved in the Great British Spring Clean 2019

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to get involved with this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

The Great British Spring Clean 2019 is taking place from 22nd March- 23rd April. Last year, over 370,000 people collected 650,000 bags of rubbish across Great Britain and this year the aim is to get over half a million people involved in the campaign.

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Access to Cash Must Be Protected for Millions Who Rely on It Every Day

ACS has welcomed the publication of the final Access to Cash Review, calling on the Government to ensure that consumer’s access to cash is protected in the future.

The review, published this morning (6th March), notes that while the UK’s cash use is in decline, we are still a long way away from becoming a cashless society as millions of people still rely on cash on a daily basis. The review found that 17% of the UK population (8 million adults) would struggle to cope in a cashless society, while 97% of the population still carry cash on them.

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ACS: Book Your Place at the 2019 Crime Seminar!

The ACS Crime Seminar is an exclusive and insightful day split into three sessions on tackling violence, protecting cash in-store and sharing best practice. The sessions are designed to provide practical approaches to managing crime in your business.

Taking place on 26th March at Church House in Westminster, the event provides retailers with the opportunity to ask the panels of leading industry experts about how to tackle crime in their stores.

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Employment in the Convenience Sector: Take Part in the 2019 Colleague Survey

ACS is calling on people working in convenience stores to complete the 2019 Colleague Survey, with five shopping vouchers worth £100 each up for grabs in a prize draw for those who take part in the survey.

The findings of the Colleague Survey will inform ACS’ research projects and engagements with Government. The survey will provide data on staff recruitment, job satisfaction, personal commitments, training and development and more.

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Government Confirm New Fuel Labels for September 2019

The Government has responded to their consultation on changes to fuel pump labelling, confirming that forecourts will be required to be compliant with the new regulations from 1st September 2019.

From this date, forecourts will have to comply with the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive which requires fuel pumps and nozzles to display new labels which state whether the fuel is E5 Petrol or B7 Diesel.

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