ACS Launches Women’s Independent Retailer Network

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched a new group which aims to act as a support network for women running independent convenience stores.

The group was formed to provide women with a space to connect with each other and share their experiences and perspectives. ACS will facilitate quarterly meetings for the group, featuring guest speakers and workshops where the group will explore a range of topics, including: public speaking, confidence and how to use social media.

Below are some testimonials from current members of the group about their most recent meeting:

Sue Nithyananadan, Costcutter Epsom said: “This is a good forum for us to share our experiences and ideas and to increase our overall visibility in the retail sector.”

Rachael Hockmeyer, Hockmeyer Motors said: “In the world of convenience, women are in the majority as management, staff and customers. However we are under represented on boards, committees and in the press. I am delighted to be part of the WIRN which will enable passionate retailers to support each other, share best practice and learn new skills.”

Julie Duhra, Premier Jules Convenience, said: “I am proud to be an independent retailer of 30 years, today I am learning from another retailer how to get to do wine courses and grow sales with your expertise - knowledge is key.” 

If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, please contact


This entry was posted by Chloe on Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:28