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Last Chance to Take Part in the ACS 2019 Crime Survey

ACS is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of the annual ACS Crime Survey 2019. The deadline for responses is Friday 14th December 2018.

The survey looks at the impact that crime is having on retailers’ businesses, including the number of incidents they have experienced and how much crime has cost their business in the last 12 months. The survey also considers the causes of these crimes and the measures retailers have in place to prevent crime in their stores.

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Welsh Government to Extend High Street Rate Relief Scheme in 2019

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Welsh Government, which has confirmed an extension to the high street rates relief scheme for 2019-20.

Eligible businesses will receive up to £2,500 off their business rates bills, with properties with a rateable value up to £9,100 paying no rates at all. The Welsh Government estimates that 15,000 retailers in Wales with a rateable value of up to £50,000 will benefit from the scheme.

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ACS Urges Retailers to Share Experiences of Crime in 2019 Crime Survey

ACS is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of the annual ACS Crime Survey 2019.

The survey looks at the impact that crime is having on retailers’ businesses, including the number of incidents they have experienced and how much crime has cost their business in the last 12 months. The survey also considers the causes of these crimes and the measures retailers have in place to prevent crime in their stores.

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MPs Raise Concerns About ATM Closures on Rural Areas

Ged Killen MP has led a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of ATM closures on towns, high streets and rural communities, emphasising the importance of ATM coverage in rural areas particularly following bank branch closures.

Speaking during the parliamentary debate, Labour MP Ged Killen mentioned concerns raised by ACS about the effect that ATM closures have had on convenience stores, noting that ATM closures have occurred at a faster rate than LINK anticipated.

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Government Confirms Details of Rate Relief Announced in 2018 Budget

ACS has welcomed the publication of new guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the details of how business rates discounts first announced in this year’s Budget will be allocated.

During the Budget on October 29th, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that businesses with a rateable value of under £51,000 would receive a 1/3 discount on their rates bills.

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ACS: Get Involved with Small Business Saturday 2018!

ACS is encouraging convenience store retailers to get involved with Small Business Saturday 2018, taking place this Saturday (December 1st)

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots campaign which actively encourages shoppers to ‘shop local’ and support the small businesses in their local communities. The campaign is now in its sixth year and aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

Last year’s campaign was the most successful yet, and highlights included:

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