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ACS has launched a new survey of the people working in the convenience sector, looking into more depth at their career paths, the pressures they face, their other jobs and commitments, and the benefits of working in the convenience sector.

The colleague survey marks the first time that ACS has heard directly from staff as part of its research programme. The aim of the survey is to show the versatility, importance and development opportunities that employment in the convenience sector offers.

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ACS Calls for Consistent Approach to Local Enforcement as Part of Red Tape Review

ACS has called on the Government to go further in their Red Tape Review to ensure that local authorities are consistent in their approach to enforcement, as well as removing the costly and unnecessary burdens experienced by licensed retailers.

In the submission, ACS welcomes the Government’s intention to remove £10 billion worth of regulation over the course of this Parliament but has highlighted that the local enforcement and interpretation of regulations cause significant problems for retailers in addition to the regulations themselves.

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Home Office Crime Figures Highlight Continuing Battle against Shop Theft

Figures released today (April 28th) as part of the Home Office’s Commercial Victimisation Survey have found that one in five premises in the retail and wholesale sector were victims of shop theft over the last year, with the sector having the highest crime rate of any sector surveyed.

The survey states that wholesale and retail premises experienced 4.7m crimes in 2015, with almost three quarters of those crimes (72%) being attributed to theft by customers.

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Planning System Must Support Rural Stores

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on rural planning, calling on the department to ensure that the planning system supports the growth and retention of rural convenience stores.

The submission notes that over a third of stores are based in rural locations, which equates to just under 20,000 businesses operating in small villages and isolated areas.

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Lowman: Local Engagement Crucial to Public Health Debate in C-Stores

ACS chief executive James Lowman has called on the convenience sector to engage with local decision makers to establish their community credentials and make sure the economic role of local shops is understood. In his introductory remarks at Summit'16, Mr Lowman predicted that local public health interventions on alcohol, tobacco and sugar would become more common in the coming years, and was a big strategic threat for retailers to face up to.

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Low Pay Commission Launch Consultation on Future Wage Increases

The Low Pay Commission have launched their consultation on the level of the UK’s minimum wage and National Living Wage rates for 2017-18.

In the consultation, the Commission will consider the target given to them by the Chancellor of hiking wages to 60% of median earnings by 2020. The Commission is also looking for views on the impact that the proposed alignment of the Living Wage and Minimum Wage increases in April 2017.

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My Local CEO Mike Greene Steps Down from ACS Board After 20 Years

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced that Mike Greene, its former chairman and now the CEO of the My Local chain of convenience stores, has stepped down from its board.  Mr Greene chose to step down as both he and My Local’s trading director Neil Turton were represented on the board as co-opted directors, and he felt that it was appropriate for My Local to have one, not two representatives on the ACS board.

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