Press Releases

Investment in Convenience Sector Rises to £193m in Last Quarter

Written by Chris Noice

The latest figures from the Association of Convenience Stores have shown an increase in investment over the last quarter, but concerns about the impact of rising employment costs. Convenience stores across the UK invested £193m in their businesses between March and May, which is an increase on both the previous quarter (£154m) and the same […]

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Queens Speech Reaction: Energy Market Reforms Must Include Local Shops

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reacted to the Queen’s Speech, calling on the Government to ensure that changes to the energy market include both domestic and non domestic consumers. During the speech, the Queen stated that the Government ‘will ensure fairer markets for consumers, this will include bringing forward measures to help tackle […]

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Main Parties Challenged on Business Rates and Employment Costs in Hustings Debate

Written by Chris Noice

The hustings debate, organised by ACS and the Federation of Small Businesses, featured Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (Labour), Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke (Conservative) and Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrats) being questioned on their plans to support small businesses through economic incentives. During the debate, the candidates were questioned on their views on the […]

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ACS Calls for Tougher Penalties to Tackle Illicit Tobacco

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has responded to the government’s consultation which sets out their proposals to change the range of sanctions available to tackle the illicit tobacco trade, calling on them to focus their resources on making better use of existing sanctions. In the submission, ACS has called for trading standards officers to have more powers to tackle […]

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Home Office Crime Figures Show Rise in Theft Against Businesses

Written by Chris Noice

The Home Office have published the latest figures from the 2016 Commercial Victimisation Survey, showing that there were around 3.5m incidents of customer theft against businesses in 2016, up from 3.4m in the year before, with a total of 5.2m crimes committed against wholesale and retail premises. The survey also reports that 37% of premises […]

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ACS Calls on Ofgem to Introduce Stricter Limits on Backbilling

Written by Leah Myers

ACS has called on energy regulator Ofgem to ensure that local shops and other small businesses are included in proposals to limit backbilling of electricity and gas. Currently, suppliers have signed up to voluntary agreements to only backbill domestic consumers for a maximum of 12 months. Ofgem is looking at whether to introduce licence obligations […]

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ONS Crime Figures Reveal Shop Theft Jumped 8% Between 2015 and 2016

Written by Leah Myers

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released crime figures for the year ending December 2016 in England and Wales, revealing an 8% jump in recorded shop theft incidents. The figures show that there were approximately 358,235 incidents of shop theft in 2016, which is over 25,000 more incidents than in 2015.  The figures support […]

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Theresa May Announces Plans for General Election on June 8th

Written by Chris Noice

Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced plans to hold a General Election on June 8th this year, with the primary intention of securing a mandate to deliver the UK’s exit from the European Union. For an election to take place, two thirds of Parliament must approve the plan. It is likely that the plans […]

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ACS Urges Government to Focus on Effective Measures to Tackle Litter

Written by Chris Noice

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have published their new strategy to tackle litter in the UK which includes the creation of a working group on the feasibility of a deposit return scheme for bottles and cans. The strategy, announced today (Monday April 10th) by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom, states that a working […]

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