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

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Mayor of London’s new Food... Click here
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The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published the findings of its... Click here
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Twitter Updates

Two interesting announcements from the #ScotBudget: - Over £20 million for Zero Waste, including design and imple…
ACS Welcomes Mayor of London’s Food Strategy
RT @PlunkettFoundat: 📽️ WATCH: As we move towards #Christmas many #CommunityShops like @HubySuttonShop @Cletwr @IlmingtonShop will support…
Welsh Government to Extend High Street Rate Relief Scheme in 2019

ACS in the News

  • 12.12.2018 ACS urges retailers to back healthy eating schemes
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  • 12.12.2018 Welsh shops to get up to £2,500 cut in business rates
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  • 12.12.2018 ACS welcomes rates relief extension in Wales
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  • 12.12.2018 Future in your hands
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  • 11.12.2018 Welsh Government extends business rate relief scheme
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  • 11.12.2018 Welcome for Wales rates relief extension
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