Press Releases

Local Shop Reiterate Opposition to Bottle Deposit Plans

Written by Chris Noice

Trade associations representing convenience stores across England, Wales and Scotland have reiterated their position on plans for a bottle return scheme, outlining the problems that the scheme would cause for retailers. The Association of Convenience Stores and the Scottish Grocers Federation have written to the Scottish government, highlighting the following concerns about deposit return schemes […]

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ACS Renews Partnership with Crimestoppers to Tackle Crime Against Retailers

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping staff and customers safe in local shops with the renewal of its partnership with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers and ACS have been in partnership since 2010, and have worked to raise awareness of crimes against local stores, while also offering rewards for serious crimes that have been committed […]

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ACS Gives Evidence to All Party Group Inquiry on Small Business Banking

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has given evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking, detailing the issues faced by convenience retailers when dealing with banks. The evidence session, chaired by Michelle Thomson MP, heard from Edward Woodall (ACS Head of Policy and Public Affairs), John Collins (British Independent Retail Association Finance Director) and Heather Buchanan […]

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ACS Crime Report Reveals £232m Cost of Crime Against Convenience Stores

Written by Chris Noice

Figures released today from the Association of Convenience Stores’ Crime Report 2017 have revealed the costs, both human and monetary, of crimes committed against convenience store staff and owners, including shop theft, burglary, robbery and violence. The report highlights the significance of shop theft, with more than half of the total cost of crime accounted […]

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ACS Criticises ‘Muddled’ Business Rates Appeal Proposals

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to clarify its position on business rates appeals in response to the publication on a consultation response on business rate reforms. In the consultation response (available here), the Department for Communities and Local Government have stated that the Government ‘will not impose an arbitrary […]

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11 Business Groups Call on Government for Rates Reform

Written by Chris Noice

A group of organisations representing over 100,000 businesses has written to all MPs expressing concern about the impact that changes to business rates will have on their members in April. The letter highlights the issues that thousands of businesses are facing as a result of the revaluation, with many due to receive significant increases in […]

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ACS Standardised Packaging Guidance Awarded Assured Advice Status

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has added a new guide to the successful Assured Advice scheme, providing retailers essential information on the Standardised Packaging and Tobacco Products Directive. On May 2016, the European Union Revised Tobacco Products Directive and the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations 2015 came into effect. However, retailers have a sell through period to sell non-compliant […]

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ACS Gives Evidence to Lords Finance Bill Committee on Making Tax Digital Plans

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has given evidence to the House of Lords Finance Bill sub-committee on the Making Tax Digital proposals, urging the Government to extend the timeframes for transferring business tax accounting onto digital platforms. The proposals, originally published through six consultation documents in August 2016, aim to introduce a fully digital tax system with the intention […]

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