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Book Now for ACS’ Technology Showcase 2019!

Book your place at the ACS Technology Showcase 2019, taking place on February 5th in Manchester.

This popular event brings the best UK convenience retailers together to hear exclusive insights into new and innovative developments in technology which retailers can use in their stores to improve their customers’ shopping experience and help with the day to day running of the store.

Suppliers also have the chance to exhibit their exciting innovations to retailers.

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ACS: Get Involved with GroceryAid’s Awareness Day!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to get involved with GroceryAid’s first awareness day, taking place on 26th February.

This annual event aims to ensure that colleagues working in the grocery industry know that they have a place to turn to if they are in need of help and support.

GroceryAid is a national charity offering emotional, financial and practical advice and support on a range of issues for all grocery colleagues and their immediate families.

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Welsh Obesity Strategy to Consult on Energy Drinks Ban to Under 16s

The Welsh Government have published a new consultation, considering a range of proposals to encourage people to change their eating habits and be more active, including a ban on energy drinks to customers under the age of 16.

Other measures proposed in the ‘Healthy Weight, Healthy Wales’ consultation published today (January 17th) include:

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Plunkett Foundation Celebrates 100 Years of Supporting Rural Communities

The Plunkett Foundation, a national charity focusing on rural communities, is celebrating 100 years of supporting community business.

The charity was established in 1919 by Sir Horace Plunkett, with the purpose of promoting a model of community ownership as a solution to rural problems.

To mark the centenary, Plunkett will be holding a series of events throughout 2019 and launching enhanced services and new collaborations across the sector. 

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Welsh Convenience Stores Invest £44m Over Last Year, Provide Almost 23,000 Jobs

New research published today (15th January) by ACS reveals the growing importance of local shops to people in Wales.

The 2019 Welsh Local Shop Report shows how convenience stores are supporting communities by providing thousands of jobs, stepping in to ensure that essential services like access to cash are still available, and investing millions to ensure that they stay relevant in the face of competition from larger stores and online businesses.

Key figures from the report include:

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ACS Responds to Planning Reform Consultation

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government on changing the planning system to allow for greater changes of use to support the high street to adapt and diversify.

ACS' submission supports a new use class (a category of property types for the planning system) which merges the A1 (shops), A2 (financial services) and A3 (food and drink) use classes to increase flexibility for retailers when developing services alongside their grocery offer. 

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ACS: Scottish Proposals to Restrict Product Location in Stores ‘Not Practical for Small Shops’

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on reducing harms from high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products, raising concerns about proposals to restrict the location of confectionery, biscuits, crisps and other products can be sold

The consultation proposes a range of measures to restrict the ways that HFSS products can be sold, including restrictions on:

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Local Shops Welcome Plastic Carrier Bag Charge

Small retail businesses are welcoming the Government’s plans to extend the single use plastic carrier bag to small retailers in England. The Government’s consultation published today (Thursday 27th December) sets out plans to extend the charge to small retailers by 2020 and seeks views on increasing the charge from 5p to 10p.

ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “We welcome the Government’s plans to extend carrier bag charging to all shops.”

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