Press Releases

ACS Welcomes Planning Reform Consultation

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has pledged to work with the government and local authorities to make sure the planning system works for communities and the retailers who serve them. ACS’ comments come with the launch of a major consultation seeking views on proposals to reform the planning system in England to streamline and modernise the planning process.

Launched today (6th August) the ‘Planning for the Future’ white paper focuses on transitioning from a case by case discretion-based planning system towards a rules-based system.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Heart of the Community 2020!

Bookings are now open for the convenience and local shop sector’s pre-eminent political event, the ACS Heart of the Community conference!

This year’s conference will take place virtually on 13th October, bringing together convenience retailers, industry experts and senior policy makers to explore how the latest political agenda and legacy of Covid-19 will impact convenience store businesses now and into the future.

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Book Your Place at Summit20 and Local Shop Report Launch!

Book your place as ACS’ unmissable annual conference taking place on 9th September 2020.

Summit20 will be taking place as a virtual immersive event with three main sessions:

1. Leading experts will explore the future of the industry, asking how we can support colleagues working in stores, and what the food offer of the future looks like.

2. The launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report, featuring insights from retailers on what the report says about their businesses.

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ACS: Fuel Retailers Need More Support to Transition to Electric Vehicles

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation from the Department for Transport which sought views on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans from 2040 to 2035.

In its submission, ACS called on the Government to do more to provide fuel retailers with support to introduce EV charging points and connections to the National Grid.

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Local Shops Welcome Transparency on Energy Contracts

Ofgem has published proposals to deliver closer regulation of energy brokers to ensure that microbusinesses can secure the best energy contracts.

In a new consultation published this week, Ofgem propose to introduce more requirements on suppliers to ensure brokers conduct themselves appropriately, for brokers to provide more clarity on commissions and 14 day cooling off periods on contracts.

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ACS: EFRA Committee Highlights Vital Role of Local Shops in Food Supply

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the publication of a new report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s on the impact of Covid-19 on food supply.

Published today (30th July) the report highlights the vital role that smaller retailers have played in providing food to people during the pandemic, particularly where they were unable to get to supermarkets.

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ACS: Local Shops Commit to Encouraging Healthy Eating in Communities

Today (29th July) part one of the National Food Strategy was published, outlining a number of recommendations to Government to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the food system and to encourage healthy eating from an early age.

One of the areas explored in the report is the role of national schemes in providing children with a ‘nutritional safety net’, including Healthy Start.

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ACS: Obesity Strategy Must Consider Impact on Local Shops

Today (27th July) the Government announced plans to ban ‘buy one get one free’ promotions and restrict the siting of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products as part of its national strategy for tackling obesity.

The strategy outlines measures, some of which have previously been consulted on and introduces new measures in light of the links between obesity and Covid-19 deaths.

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