ACS: Convenience Stores Make Positive Contribution to High Street Health

The Association of Convenience Stores has responded to a new report from the Royal Society of Public Health, highlighting the positive role that convenience stores play in the lives of people across the UK.

The Health on the High Street  2018 report, published today, rates each type of outlet on the high street on four areas of health:

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ACS Publishes Making Tax Digital Guide

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has produced a guide to help retailers prepare for submitting quarterly tax updates digitally under HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) reforms.

From 1st April 2019, businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) must:

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Book Your Place at the ACS Hosted One2Ones

The ACS HostedOne2Ones event, taking place on December 12th at One Park Crescent in London, is a business speed dating experience giving retailers the opportunity to have short meetings with our Premier Club and Club suppliers and start negotiating the best deals.

This event allows our Premier Club and Club suppliers to meet with retailers and gain an increased understanding of the convenience sector and is an opportunity for retailers to build new and exciting relationships with some of the biggest suppliers within the sector.

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ACS Calls on MPs to Support Extra Protection for Shopworkers

ACS has called on MPs to give extra protections in law to retail workers selling age restricted products after a new strategy from the Government has been launched to support NHS staff who face abuse. 

The strategy, announced today by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, includes legislation passed this year that makes offences against NHS workers aggravated. 

ACS is supporting new clause 1 of the Offensive Weapons Bill, which calls for protections for retail staff that sell potentially harmful products like corrosive substances. 

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Chief Executive's Blog: Rating the Budget

Budgets are always a mix of good and bad news for pretty much any business sector, and indeed for individuals and families and other interest groups.  Looking narrowly at the 2018 Budget from the perspective of our members, I’d say there’s more positive than negative news in there.  I’d also give the caveat that much of the real Budget news comes in the documents published when the Chancellor sits down, detailing the proposals, processes and timelines for the headline announcements he skipped over at the despatch

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ACS Supports Rumoured Business Rate Relief Extension 

ACS has welcomed indications that the Chancellor will take significant steps to reduce the burden of business rates for small shops.

A number of news outlets are reporting this weekend that Monday’s Budget will include the announcement of significant extensions to small business rate relief to include stores with a rateable value of up to £51,000.

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ACS Calls on Chancellor to Incentivise Investment in 2018 Budget

ACS has reiterated its’ calls for the Chancellor to help retailers invest in their shops without being punished by the rating system ahead of the Budget on Monday (October 29th).

In its’ Budget submission earlier this year, ACS set out a number of reforms to make business rates fairer for local shops, help them to improve their offer to customers, and invest in technology to remain competitive in a challenging retail market. ACS’ recommendations include:

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Home Affairs Committee Urges More Police Resources to Tackle Rising Crime

ACS has responded to the publication of the Home Affairs Committee’s report into policing, urging the Government to take action to ensure that police forces are adequately resourced to deal with crime. ACS figures show that over three quarters of retailers are concerned about the response from police when crimes are committed against their business.

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