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Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme - Information for Retailers

If you sell alcohol to another business you may need to apply to register for the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). This scheme was introduced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to tackle alcohol fraud.

If you only sell alcohol to the general public and not to other businesses you won’t need to apply.

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ACS Calls on FSA to Scrap Costs for Food Hygiene Reassessments

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Food Standard Agency’s consultation on its initial impact assessment of mandatory displays of food hygiene ratings in England, raising concerns about the additional administrative burdens that mandatory food hygiene displays will have on retailers.

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Shortlist Announced for Technology Showcase on February 11

ACS is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Technology Showcase, taking place at the Millbank Media Centre in London on February 11th.

The Technology Showcase allows retailers to discover the most exciting advances on the market, and also offer ideas to implement in their own store from a range of companies offering innovative solutions for the convenience sector.

The following companies have been shortlisted to present on the day:

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Conviviality CEO Diana Hunter to Speak at Summit16

ACS is thrilled to welcome Diana Hunter, CEO of Conviviality Retail, to the stage at ACS Summit 16. Conviviality Retail is the UK’s largest franchised off licence and convenience chain, operating 624 stores across the UK.

Diana will be sharing her views on the sector from a higher management perspective, and her experience in positions such as Head of Merchandising, Director of Store Development, and Convenience Director. Before joining Conviviality in 2013, Diana held various senior roles at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and the John Lewis Partnership.

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Forcing Through Sunday Trading Proposals Condemned as ‘Gross Abuse of Power’

Government have confirmed that they intend to press ahead with devolution of Sunday trading, despite widespread opposition from MPs on both sides of the House.

During the second reading debate of the Enterprise Bill this afternoon (Tuesday), Business Minister Sajid Javid announced that plans to deregulate Sunday Trading hours will be added to the Bill during Committee Stage.

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ACS Partners with IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future Schools Programme

ACS and the IGD are encouraging convenience retailers to speak to students about the brilliant careers available in the food retail sector.  Store owners and executives from larger convenience chains and symbol groups can take part in the Schools Programme as part of IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future initiative.  Over the past year over 1,000 volunteers from across the food industry have visited 200 schools, speaking to over 5,000 students.

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SPAR Managing Director Debbie Robinson to speak at Summit16

ACS is pleased to announce that Debbie Robinson, Managing Director of SPAR (UK) will feature as one of the headline speakers at Summit16 on April 19th.

SPAR, which started as a single Dutch store in 1932, is now the world’s largest food retail chain, with 12,322 stores in 34 countries and a turnover of £3bn+. The SPAR brand is proud to operate in their communities as a symbol group, allowing retailers to remain independent while serving under a global brand.

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ACS Welcomes StrongPoint to Club Membership

ACS is delighted to announce that retail technology solutions company StrongPoint has reinforced its commitment to convenience retailing in the UK, by becoming part of the Association of Convenience Stores’ Club package.

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ONS Crime Figures Reveal Highest Level of Shop Theft Since 2003

The Office for National Statistics have released its annual figures on shoplifting, revealing the highest volume of shop theft since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003.

The figures show that there were over 9,000 more incidents of shop theft in the year ending September 2015 when compared with the previous year. While most offences recorded by the NCRS have seen steady decline, shop theft has slowly risen over recent years.

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