Press Releases

ACS: Rates Retention Plans Must Incentivise Growth in Small Businesses

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Department for Communities and Local Government to ensure that small businesses do not lose out as a result of plans to allow local authorities to keep 100% of their business rates income. Under the proposals, local authorities will be incentivised to permit large business developments […]

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ACS Announces New Chair and Deputy Chair

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has confirmed the appointment of Patrick Sewell and Debbie Robinson as chair and deputy chair respectively. Patrick will take on the chairmanship of ACS from 1 November 2016, having served as deputy chair since 2014. Patrick will replace Palmer and Harvey Group Strategy and Development Director Paul Hagon as […]

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ACS Welcomes Justice Committee Recommendation on Alcohol Sentencing Factors

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the House of Commons Justice Committee’s recommendation to the Sentencing Council to not include the number of entries in a refusals book as a culpability factor in sentencing for alcohol offences. In a submission to the consultation in August, ACS raised concerns about the proposed factors that […]

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ACS Welcomes Small Business Rate Relief Extension in Wales

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that the Small Business Rate Relief scheme will be extended for 2017-18 and made permanent in 2018. Businesses with a rateable value of up to £6,000 will continue to receive 100% relief, while those with a rateable value of between £6,000 and £12,000 […]

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ACS Responds to Food Waste Inquiry

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Food Waste Inquiry, insisting that there is no need for new legislation to reduce food waste as retailers are already reducing waste pro-actively through food donations or giving food to staff. In the submission, ACS highlighted that […]

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ACS and Centrepoint Team Up On Retail Apprenticeships

Written by Chris Noice

The trade association representing local shops, and one of Britain’s biggest charities supporting young people have teamed up to offer apprenticeships in the convenience store sector.  ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) which represents the UK’s 50,000 convenience stores employing 390,000 people, is working with Centrepoint to give these businesses easy access to the system […]

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Local Shops More Relevant than Ever, But Jobs Cut as Wage Hikes Take Toll

Written by Chris Noice

The 2016 Local Shop Report has revealed the essential role that convenience stores play in the modern retail landscape, with stores more relevant than ever before in consumer’s lives. Published today by the Association of Convenience Stores, the report demonstrates the value that local shops provide their communities, both in terms of investment and making a […]

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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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