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.

Contact Us

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

If you would like to be added to ACS’ press release list please contact Chloe Heyde at

Latest press releases

New figures released today by LINK, the body that oversees the ATM network, has shown... Click here
The 2018 Local Shop Report has revealed that convenience retailers are countering cost... Click here
The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a consultation on proposals to end... Click here
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Latest blog

Hopefully you’ve seen our 2018 Local Shop Report, launched (appropriately, perhaps) at the National... Click here

Twitter Updates

RT @foodnetworking: Looking forward to some time tomorrow with the Association of Convenience Stores members @ACS_LocalShops . Always grea…
Tim Shipman Confirmed to Speak at ACS’ Heart of the Community Conference
ACS’ Heart of the Community will explore the future of work in the convenience sector. Book your place now…
Read ACS chief exec @JMLowman's latest blog on what the employment figures in the 2018 #LocalShopReport mean for th…

ACS in the News

  • 18.09.2018 Figures reveal extent of shoplifting problem
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  • 18.09.2018 What do you need to know about the ACS Local Shop Report 2018?
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  • 14.09.2018 Shoplifters and a law that doesn't deter them
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  • 14.09.2018 Scottish retailers demand clarity as DRS talks close
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  • 13.09.2018 ACS calls for government focus on rural business infrastructure
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