ACS: Business Rates Support Vital to Enable Local Shops to Invest

ACS has submitted evidence to the Government’s first consultation on a fundamental review of the business rates system, detailing the how rate reliefs have enabled convenience retailers to invest in their stores and continue to provide essential services in local communities.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 15:15

ACS Welcomes Extension to Ban on Business Evictions

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the extension of the ban on business evictions to the end of the year, as announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.

The initial ban on evictions was introduced at the start of the pandemic to protect struggling firms, such as restaurants and retailers, from being evicted to the premises and was due to expire at the end of September.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 16:23

Sentencing Guidelines Must Recognise Growing Problem of Shopworker Violence

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has submitted evidence to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on revised guidelines for assault offences, calling for sentencing guidelines to do more to address violence against shopworkers, and for penalties to better reflect both the physical and psychological impact on victims.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 15:02

Launch Date Confirmed for NHS Covid-19 Contact Tracing App

The NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app is due to be launched on 24th September as part of the coronavirus testing and contact tracing programmes in England and Wales.

The app will be used, alongside traditional methods of contact tracing, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by notifying users when they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus and providing them with advice on what to do next.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Mon, 14/09/2020 - 15:29

ACS Responds to Post Covid Tax Inquiry

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee on the implications of Covid-19 on tax policy.

The House of Commons Treasury Select Committee launched an inquiry calling for views on whether the Government’s economic response to the pandemic should be reflected in changes to taxation.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Fri, 11/09/2020 - 13:38

ACS: New Guidance on Retailers’ Legal Responsibility to Disabled Customers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is promoting new guidance for retailers developed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on meeting legal requirements towards disabled customers.

The guidance outlines reasonable adjustments for retailers to consider in order to support disabled customers visiting their store, including:

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Thu, 03/09/2020 - 12:04

ACS Supports Petition to Protect Shopworkers from Violence and Abuse

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is supporting Usdaw’s petition calling on the Government to introduce legislation to protect shopworkers from violence and abuse.

Launched today (19th August) the House of Commons petition ‘Protect Retail Workers from Abuse, Threats and Violence’, urges the Government to introduce legislation to create a specific offence for abusing, threatening, or assaulting a retail worker.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Wed, 19/08/2020 - 11:45

More Speakers Announced for ACS’ Heart of the Community 2020!

More speakers have been announced for the convenience and local shop sector’s pre-eminent political event, the ACS Heart of the Community conference!

This year’s conference will take place virtually on 13th October, bringing together convenience retailers, industry experts and senior policy makers to explore how the latest political agenda and legacy of Covid-19 will impact convenience store businesses now and into the future.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Fri, 14/08/2020 - 12:21

More Speakers Announced for Summit20 and Local Shop Report Launch!

Book your place at ACS’ unmissable annual conference taking place on 9th September 2020.

Summit20 will be taking place as a virtual immersive event with three main sessions:

1. Leading experts will explore the future of the industry, asking how we can support colleagues working in stores, and what the food offer of the future looks like.

2. The launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report, featuring insights from retailers on what the report says about their businesses.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 11/08/2020 - 11:20

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