Press Releases

ACS Welcomes New Sentencing Guidelines on Alcohol Sale Offences

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on guidelines for alcohol sale offences, welcoming the Council’s proposed revisions to the way that magistrates deal with alcohol related offences. The consultation looks at the guidance that magistrates are provided when deciding on the appropriate sentencing for alcohol related offences committed […]

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High Streets Minister Welcomes ACS Guide to Local Engagement

Written by Leah Myers

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy has welcomed new guidance for convenience store retailers on engaging with different local decision makers in their area. The guidance, released today by the Association of Convenience Stores, aims to support convenience retailers in understanding the shift toward more local decision making, give them the tools to identify who the […]

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Trade Bodies Urge Caution on Future Living Wage Rises

Written by Chris Noice

A group of trade associations representing the interests of over 388,000 businesses employing around 4.5 million people, have written to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, urging caution over planned increases in the National Living Wage in the next four years. In the letter, the group raises concerns […]

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ACS Sets out Concerns over Future Wage Rises to Low Pay Commission

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has presented evidence to the Low Pay Commission on the impact of the National Living Wage, urging the Commission to consider how sustainable the Government target of 60% of median earnings by 2020 is. Responses from the 2016 ACS National Living Wage survey have shown that retailers are likely […]

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Business Organisations Call on Chancellor to Act on Rate Reforms

Written by Leah Myers

A group of organisations representing over 100,000 shops and other businesses has called on the government to focus on reducing the burden of business rates instead of further cuts in corporation tax. In the letter to Chancellor George Osborne, groups representing businesses ranging from pubs and bars to convenience stores and large retailers have highlighted […]

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ACS Calls on Ofgem to Introduce TPI Code of Practice as CMA Investigation Concludes

Written by Leah Myers

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have published their final report on reforms to the energy market after a two year investigation, recommending a range of changes to make both the domestic and non-domestic energy markets more competitive. The investigation found that thousands of consumers and microbusinesses (businesses employing fewer than 10 people) are paying […]

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MPs Echo ACS’ Concerns on Business Rates

Written by Leah Myers

An influential committee of MPs has today published a report into 100% retention of business rates by local councils.  The report echoed ACS’ concerns that local councils are not using existing discretionary rate relief powers, and that Local Enterprise Partnerships may not be the best structure through which to determine when it is appropriate to […]

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ACS Calls for Focus on Tackling Business Crime

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has responded to the Labour party’s consultation on the future of crime and policing policy, calling for a focus on business crime, especially violent offences and shop theft. In the submission, ACS highlighted that business crime cost convenience retailers an estimated £122million in 2015. Taking into account the amount retailers invest in crime prevention […]

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