Press Releases

ACS: Future of Post Offices Dependent on Local Shops

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Government’s consultation on the future of the Post Office network, highlighting the essential role that convenience stores play in offering Post Office services. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Over the last few decades, there has been a decline in the number of specialist stores, […]

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£300m Invested in Convenience Sector in Last Quarter as Stores Prepare for Cost Hikes in 2017

Written by Chris Noice

Convenience store retailers have made record investments in their business over the last three months ahead of expected price rises in the New Year and despite rising costs, according to new research from ACS. Over the last three months, retailers have invested almost £300m on measures to improve their business, with the total amount invested […]

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ACS Responds to Low Pay Commission Report on Wage Rates

Written by Leah Myers

The Low Pay Commission have published new analysis on the impact of the National Living Wage on businesses since its introduction in April 2016, recognising the impact that the wage rate has already had on the convenience sector. The Commission’s analysis noted that convenience stores had reported a decrease in working hours and jobs as […]

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Autumn Statement: Chancellor Takes Action to Support Rural Shops

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has welcomed positive action by the Chancellor to ensure rural shops benefit from 100% business rates relief, but also raised concerns that retailers will struggle to absorb the 4% increase in National Living Wage to £7.50. On business rate relief and infrastructure investment, ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the introduction of […]

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Proposed PRS Tariffs Could Cost Convenience Sector £1.2m

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the PRS for Music consultation on the simplification of the PRS retail tariff, raising concerns that the changes will hit the smallest shops the hardest. Under the proposals, any business that previously had a reduced rate for having a small audible area (by broadcasting through a […]

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ACS Welcomes Transitional Rate Relief in Wales

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s approach to fund Transitional Relief for retailers who will be adversely affected as a result of the revaluation. Business rates represent the second-largest fixed rate cost for the convenience store sector, meaning the 2017 revaluation and associated transitional relief scheme is important for retailers […]

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Lords Urged to Retain Current Licensing Act Objectives

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reiterated its calls on the House of Lords Licensing Act Committee to retain the current licensing objectives instead of imposing new restrictions on responsible retailers. The Committee is currently hearing evidence on the impact that the current licensing laws have on public health. In a written submission to […]

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