Julie Kaur Duhra Wins First Ever Raj Aggarwal Award!

ACS is delighted to announce Julie Kaur Duhra as the first winner of the Raj Aggarwal Award, a new trophy celebrating exceptional community retailing.

Julie was announced as the winner after a panel on exceptional community retailing at ACS’ Heart of the Community conference. Julie runs a convenience store just north of Telford in Shropshire with her husband Joey. Julie has played a vital role in her local area, providing home deliveries to customers, leading local fundraising efforts and supporting other retailers.

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ACS: Contactless Payment Limit Rises to £100 from Today

From today (15th October) the contactless payment limit in shops is increasing from £45 to £100 with the aim to make in store purchases more convenient.

Contactless payments allow shoppers to pay for goods or services by tapping their debit or credit card onto a card terminal without having to input their PIN.

The contactless limit increased from £30 to £45 in April last year as part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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ACS: Guidance for Local Shops on Fireworks and Seasonal Products

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding convenience retailers to ensure that they are aware of the rules and guidelines that apply to the sale and storage of fireworks.

Retailers must apply for permission to store fireworks from their local trading standards service or fire authority. If permission to store fireworks is granted, then fireworks can be sold within the following dates:

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ACS Announces the Finalists of the Raj Aggarwal Award!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced the finalists of the Raj Aggarwal Award, a new trophy marking the legacy of independent retailer Raj Aggarwal.

The trophy will be awarded to retailers who have been exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers.

The finalists are:

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Less Than Two Weeks Until ACS’ Heart of the Community!

Book your place at ACS' Heart of the Community conference, taking from 11.00am – 6.00pm on 18th October at One Great George Street, Westminster.

ACS’ unmissable political conference will bring together over 200 retailers and will address sustainability for local shops and the emerging politics which will impact stores beyond the pandemic.

Ben Page, Ipsos MORI chief executive, has been confirmed to address the conference and will explore the changing political landscape. Ben has worked with Government and Opposition Ministers to examine consumer trends and public behaviour.

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Local Shops Call for Investment Boost Ahead of 2021 Budget

In its’ submission to the Autumn Budget, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the Government to introduce tax reform measures that will help convenience retailers invest in the future of their business, including the extension of 100% business rate relief to all businesses with a rateable value of under £51,000.

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ACS: Natasha’s Law Now in Force

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers about the new allergen law that comes into force today.

From 1st October, any food that is prepared on site and pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) must be labelled with the name of the food and a full ingredients list. 

Foods that are pre-packed for direct sale are packaged at the same place that they are offered for sale or sold to customers.

Examples of PPDS foods include:

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