ACS’ core purpose is to lobby Government on the issues that make a difference to local shops.

We represent the interests of retailers on a range of issues, including business rates, energy, regulation, planning, alcohol and many more. In 2012, we expanded this lobbying activity to provide authoritative information about the convenience sector through a number of research projects, including the Voice of Local Shops Survey and the annual Local Shop Report.

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All press enquiries should be directed to Chris Noice, Head of Communications. Call 01252 515001 / 07812 144439 or email

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ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to an inquiry led by the... Click here
ACS has responded to the publication of a new report from consumer group Which? that... Click here
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This week the Centre for Social Justice has published a report called Desperate for a Fix, focusing... Click here

Twitter Updates

ACS’ Local Shop Report findings show that 79% of independent retailers engaged in some form of community activity l…
Who are you getting together with this weekend? Local shops are valuable community assets, rated as the second most…
ACS Highlights Essential Role of Convenience Stores on Future High Streets
Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins responds to a question on the £200 threshold for shop theft offences, noting t…

ACS in the News

  • 22.06.2018 ACS responds to inquiry into the future of UK high streets and town centres
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  • 22.06.2018 Reduce the burden of business rates on retailers: ACS tells Commons Committee
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  • 20.06.2018 New HRMC stats show illicit tobacco is on the rise
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  • 18.06.2018 Police solve only 9% of crime, reveals report
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  • 16.06.2018 Illicit alcohol and tobacco causes £4bn loss to the public
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  • 15.06.2018 Bank closures highlight essential role of local stores
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