ACS Seeks Views from Retailers on Staff Training

ACS is calling on retailers to provide their views on staff training and the issues that they face when dealing with compliance in store.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and will help ACS to understand what training needs members have, and what role ACS can play in meeting these.

Read More

ACS Responds to National Minimum Wage Recommended Rise to £6.70

The Low Pay Commission, the body which advises the government on minimum wage, has recommended an increase to the current national minimum wage by 3% from £6.50 to £6.70. The increase, if accepted by the government, would come into effect in October 2015.

ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “With inflation running at 0.5% and many prices in store going down, this cost increase will be another challenge for convenience stores particularly for those trying to take on more staff and grow their business.

Read More

Submit Your Photos for the Ideas Wall at Summit 15

ACS is challenging retailers to take part in an exciting new section of their Summit 15 conference on 21st April 2015. The annual event, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, will showcase hundreds of innovative convenience ideas from all over the world, and ACS is asking its members to send in their own photos to be part of it.

Read More

Retailers Urged to Take Part in ‘Community Clear Up Day’

ACS is calling on retailers to take part in the Government’s first ever Community Clear Up Day on Saturday 21st March. The ‘national spring clean’ will aim to clear the country’s high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks of litter.

Recent figures suggest councils in England spend more than £800 million every year on street cleaning. Government ministers are encouraging people to make this a fun activity, bringing groups together with a common interest as well as freeing up millions of pounds that can be spent on other vital public services.

Read More

Book your place now for ACS Crime Seminar 2015

ACS has announced a selection of industry experts to speak at the ACS Crime Seminar, including a special message from Lynne Featherstone MP, the Home Office Crime Prevention Minister.  The event will take place on 5th March at Methodist Central Hall, London.

The Crime Seminar will also feature the launch of the ACS Crime Report 2015. The Report brings together the experiences of criminal activity from over 3,500 independent convenience retailers, providing an insight into the impact of crime on convenience stores.

Read More

New Guide for Managing Fire Safety Published as part of ACS Assured Advice Scheme

ACS has published a comprehensive guide to Managing Fire Safety as the latest addition to the Assured Advice scheme. The new guide provides an overview of what is expect of convenience retailers to comply with fire safety laws.

The ACS Assured Advice Guide for Managing Fire Safety contains detailed assistance to safeguard retailers, their staff and customers against fire risks and hazards. The guide comprises information about performing risk assessments, escape routes, fire precautions, extinguishers, staff training and record keeping.

Read More

Chief Executive's Blog: Can Businesses Afford to Give Their Staff a Pay Rise?

David Cameron has today urged businesses to give their staff a pay rise.  Clearly the Government’s economic analysis is that with inflation low, increasing wages would give further fuel to UK plc’s growth at little risk.

That macroeconomic analysis may be correct, but I have to start my response by looking at the microeconomic picture – the costs and income that dictate the way that businesses are run.  There are two problems for our sector with a strategy based on a hike in wages, and specifically in the National Minimum Wage.

Read More