Press Releases

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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ACS Questions Effectiveness of Soft Drinks Levy; Raises Concerns about Impact on Retailers

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to focus on tackling obesity through a partnership approach with retailers and suppliers, rather than instead of imposing a levy on soft drinks.  ACS has responded to the government’s consultation on the introduction of the levy. The Government’s proposals would see soft drinks with […]

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ACS Calls on Retailers to be Beating Heart of Communities

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on convenience retailers to ensure that they are making their voice heard with local decision makers. The call to action came at the Association’s annual Heart of the Community Conference, held in Westminster today (Tuesday 11 October). Since the launch of the Localism Act in 2011, Government […]

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