Press Releases

Tobacco Strategy: Local Approach Needed to Tackle Illicit Trade

Written by Chris Noice

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the publication of the Government’s new Tobacco Strategy, calling for more powers to tackle the illicit trade locally in addition to the national measures set out in the document. The Strategy commits to the following measures at a national level: Continue to work with other EU […]

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ACS Welcomes Taylor Review Recommendations on Skills and Productivity

Written by Chris Noice

The Government has published the Taylor Review of modern working practices, setting out a series of recommendations on flexible working and increasing skills for employees. The review sets out seven principles which aim to address the challenges in the labour market, including recommendations for people working for platform-based companies like Deliveroo to be reclassified as […]

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ACS/SGF: Deposit Return Schemes Would Not Solve Recycling Problem

Written by Chris Noice

The Scottish Grocers Federation and Association of Convenience Stores have responded to an announcement from the Scottish Government commissioning further work into the viability of a deposit return scheme in Scotland, outlining the problems that a scheme would cause for retailers and urging the Government to focus on effective measures to increase recycling rates. SGF […]

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ACS Welcomes Ban on Automatic Rollover Contracts for Microbusinesses

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has welcomed an announcement from the Competition and Markets Authority on the future of rollover contracts for microbusinesses. From today, suppliers will not be able to lock microbusinesses into automatic rollover contracts. In addition, measures introduced today will ensure that suppliers display prices online to make it easier for businesses to compare different tariffs. […]

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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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