Shadow Business Secretary Confirmed for Heart of the Community Conference

ACS is delighted to announce that Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey MP is confirmed to speak at the 2017 Heart of the Community Conference on October 17th in London.

At the event, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP will outline how a Labour Government would support the convenience sector, looking at business rates, employment costs and other pressures on the sector.

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New Track and Trace Proposals Could Impose Significant Burden on Convenience Sector

ACS has raised concerns about the costs and administrative burdens that new ‘Track and Trace’ proposals on tobacco could have on the convenience sector.

The EU Revised Tobacco Products Directive aims to introduce a method of tracking the sale of legitimate tobacco products through the supply chain. Up to this point, the Directive has stated that they would only affect the ‘last economic operator before the first retail outlet’ but the latest draft of the regulations includes a number of demands on retailers purchasing tobacco from a wholesaler.

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ACS Urges Government to Consider Retail Impact of Deposit Return Schemes

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove’s announcement of a new call for evidence on bottle deposit return schemes, urging the Government to consider the negative impact that such schemes would have on the convenience sector.

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Book Now for Heart of the Community!

This year’s Heart of the Community conference takes place on 17th October at Church House in Westminster between 12pm and 4pm. Attendance is free for retailers and other ACS members, click here to book your place. 

The event will bring together retailers from across the country with industry experts and Government Ministers. High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP will address retailers on the key issues affecting the convenience sector and the Government’s plans to help small businesses and high streets.

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ACS Highlights Problems with Deposit Return Schemes at Labour Conference

Bottle deposit return schemes would impose significant time and cost burdens on convenience store retailers and their staff, according to evidence presented by ACS at the Labour Party Conference this week.

At a fringe event hosted by the British Soft Drinks Association on Monday evening, ACS detailed the issues that would be faced by retailers if they were forced to be part of a bottle deposit return scheme.

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Book Now for Heart of the Community 2017

It is now just a few weeks until Heart of the Community 2017, ACS’ headline political conference of the year in London on October 17th.

In addition to hearing from High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP and senior business leaders during the event, the conference will feature an interactive Local Engagement session which aims to facilitate discussion between local stakeholders and retailers about how they can work better together.

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ACS Calls for Urgent Reform of Business Rates ahead of 2017 Budget

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to implement a series of measures on business rates, employment costs and duty rates to help local shops and other small businesses.

In its submission ahead of the Chancellor’s first Autumn Budget on 22nd November, ACS has reiterated its calls for an overhaul of the business rates system, with urgent attention required to allow businesses to appeal their rates.

The submission calls for:

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Campaign to Keep Gluten Free Customers Safe

ACS is supporting a campaign from Coeliac UK to raise awareness around gluten free customers and what businesses can do to keep them safe.

Coeliac UK estimate British food businesses are missing out on £100m of gluten free business, and that 90% of people on a gluten free diet ate out in the last month. According to Mintel, the UK gluten free market was estimated to be £247 million in 2015.

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Book Your Place at Heart of the Community 2017

Heart of the Community 2017 is just a few weeks away, where High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP will address retailers on the Government's plans to help high streets and small businesses.

Jake Berry was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government on 14th June after retaining his Rossendale and Darwen seat in the 2017 General Election. His responsibilities include local growth policies, Local Enterprise Partnerships, community rights and high streets.

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