Press Releases

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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Home Office, Police and Fuel Retailers Unite to Tackle Fuel Theft

Written by Chris Noice

The Home Office, fuel retailers and police have come together to tackle the £36 million annual cost of fuel theft on the UK’s petrol forecourts. The impact that fuel theft is having on the sector has sparked industry groups, including the Association of Convenience Stores, the Petrol Retailers Association and the Downstream Fuel Association into […]

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ACS Welcomes £10m Welsh Rate Relief Package for Retailers

Written by Leah Myers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s approach to fund High Street Relief for retailers who will be adversely affected as a result of the revaluation. The Welsh Government have stated that the £10m relief scheme to support high street businesses will support almost 15,000 businesses whose rates are set to […]

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Government Business Rates Income Forecast to Reach £23.8bn by 2018

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has responded to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, calling on the Chancellor to make business rates fairer for the convenience sector. The Department has forecast net business rates income to rise from £22.4bn in 2015-16 to £23.5bn in 2016-17 and then 23.8bn in 2017-18. Research published in the Times […]

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Budget 2017: ACS Calls for Business Rates System to Incentivise Investment

Written by Leah Myers

The Association of Convenience Stores has submitted evidence to the Treasury ahead of the 2017 Budget, calling on the Chancellor to take action to make the business rates system fairer for retailers. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The current business rates system penalises rate-payers that want to invest in their store to improve their […]

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Welsh Local Shop Report: Independent Retailers Crucial to Welsh Convenience Sector

Written by Leah Myers

The Association of Convenience Stores’ 2017 Welsh Local Shop Report reveals the essential contribution that convenience stores make to the Welsh economy, generating £309m in sales and employing 25,000 people. The report demonstrates the importance of independent retailers in Wales, with 89% of stores being small businesses. Convenience stores in Wales also have a unique […]

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