Local Shops Successful at Preventing Underage Sales

New data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has show that smoking and drinking rates have fallen and young people are less likely to access these products from shops.

The ‘Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2014’ report shows that 58% of regular smokers between the ages of 11 and 15 attempted and were refused when trying to buy cigarettes in a shop in 2014, a decrease from 85% in 1998. In addition, the report also shows that just 11% of current underage drinkers bought alcohol from a shop or supermarket in 2014.

Read More

Book Now for the ACS Local Shop Report 2015 Launch

Book your FREE place now for the launch of the latest installment of ACS’ flagship research project, ‘The Local Shop Report 2015’, unveiling key insights into the convenience store industry.

The report will be launched at an exclusive event at Hotel Football in Manchester on 9th September 2015 and will be attended by a host of research experts, retailers and suppliers.

Read More

ACS Gives Evidence on Carrier Bags and Waste to Wales Environment and Sustainability Committee

ACS gave oral evidence to the Environment and Sustainability Committee about proposed reforming of carrier bag charging and new waste recycling legislation as laid out in the Environment (Wales) Bill yesterday.

The Bill seeks to give Welsh Ministers further powers to place a minimum price on the sale of ‘bags for life’ and to make it a mandatory requirement for all businesses to separate different types of waste into different categories before it is collected.

Read More

Chief Executive's Blog: Tax Credits, Investment and the Living Wage

If you haven’t noticed, this has been a hell of a week.  The chancellor has announced some radical changes in policy, and two of these – devolving Sunday trading decisions and introducing a national living wage – have huge implications for our sector.  Both of these were unexpected and not included in the Conservatives’ manifesto.

Read More