Justice Minister Pledges Meeting on Protection of Workers Selling Alcohol

Minister of State for Justice, Rt Hon Lord Faulks, has agreed to a meeting to discuss the protection of workers who sell alcohol as part of a debate in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

The debate, which took place last night (21st July), concerned an amendment that would have given extra legal protection to staff who are assaulted whilst selling alcohol by creating a separate summary offence on a worker enforcing the provision of the Licensing Act for the sale of alcohol.

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Enter the Sales Assistant of the Year Award to Win £1000

Convenience Store magazine is looking for the sales assistant of the year 2014.

The overall winner will be crowned at a spectacular lunch at The Dorchester on Tuesday 11 November and claim a £1,000 prize.

As an added incentive, the store manager who enters the overall Sales Assistant of the Year 2014 will also pick up a £250 prize.

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CLG Select Committee: Town Centres Continue to Suffer from Out of Town Development

ACS has told an influential group of MPs that high streets continue to suffer from the unrelenting stream of out of town developments.

In an evidence session on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework, ACS Chief Executive James Lowman told the Communities and Local Government Select Committee of the failure of the Government’s ‘town centre first’ policy and the need for change to support high streets.

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ACS Gives Evidence on Town Centre Planning to CLG Select Committee

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman has appeared before the Communities and Local Government Select Committee today on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework and its impact on town centre investment.

During the session, Mr Lowman presented the findings of an independent review of the planning system which showed that 76% of the new retail floor space given planning approval since the new laws came into place in March 2012 have been located out of town.

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Local Shops Herald Town Centre First Commitment by Scottish Public Sector

The Scottish Grocers Federation and ACS have welcomed the call by Local Government and Planning Minister Derek Mackay that urges all public bodies in Scotland to make a commitment to “town centre first” for all their new investment decisions.

Under the principle, public bodies such as councils, the police and the NHS – will be encouraged to invest in such areas, and weigh up the financial pressure of closing down town centre facilities against the benefits of maintaining vibrant, healthy high streets.

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Record Attendance at the 2014 Forecourt Seminar

At the annual Forecourt Seminar, ACS has welcomed a record attendance of retailers and suppliers to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to hear about the latest trends and innovations in the forecourt sector.

The event, chaired by Professor Mark Selby, features award winning retailer David Charman, Symonds Managing Director Nick Lloyd, Certas Energy's Ramsay McDonald and many others sharing their views about the future of the sector and the challenges facing forecourt retailers today.

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