ACS: Contactless Payment Limit Rises to £45 from Today

From today (1st April) the contactless card payment limit in shops is increasing to £45 as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Shoppers will now be able to make contactless card payments of up to £45 per transaction, an increase of £15 from the previous £30 limit which was implemented in 2015.

An increased limit was already being considered but the process has been accelerated as part of the industry’s response to Covid-19.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 09:03

Government Announces Three Month Extension for Businesses to File Accounts

ACS has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy this morning (25th March), extending the deadline for filing all accounts by three months for businesses that have been affected by Covid-19. Under normal circumstances, companies that file accounts late are issued with an automatic penalty.

As part of the measures, while companies will still have to apply for the three month extension to be granted, those citing issues around Covid-19 will be automatically and immediately granted an extension.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Wed, 25/03/2020 - 11:15

ACS Urges Retailers to Follow Social Distancing Advice for Colleagues and Customers

ACS is encouraging convenience retailers to follow advice on social distancing to protect colleagues and customers from the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

It is advised that you implement additional measures in your store to help customers ensure that they adhere to social distancing guidelines. Consider putting lines on the floor in front of the till points to ensure that customers maintain a safe distance to colleagues, asking customers to maintain distance whilst queueing, and encourage customers to use contactless payment where possible.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 24/03/2020 - 09:59

ACS Calls for Convenience Store Colleagues to Be Included as Key Workers

ACS has called on the Government to ensure that the UK’s 405,000 convenience store colleagues are provided the key worker status so that they can carry on providing a lifeline to local communities.

From Friday afternoon, schools will close and remain closed until further notice for all except children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Thu, 19/03/2020 - 10:12

ACS: Local Shops Need Government Support to Deal with Impact of Coronavirus

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has written to the Government calling for the introduction of measures to support local shops handle the impact of coronavirus.

ACS outlined key asks of the Government to help local shops mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, which are:

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 17/03/2020 - 11:04

ACS Welcomes Progress of Ten Minute Rule Bill on Assaults on Retail Workers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the introduction of a Bill on tougher sentences for those who assault retail workers, led by Alex Norris MP.  

The Bill seeks to make offences against retail workers aggravated, which would increase the options for more serious sentences for those convicted.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Mon, 16/03/2020 - 16:12

It’s Not Part of the Job: Retail Sector United in Call for End to Violence Against Shopworkers

Members of the Association of Convenience Stores, British Retail Consortium, National Federation of Retail Newsagents and the shopworkers union, USDAW, presented a united voice to Government at a parliamentary event on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence against shopworkers.

Evidence from the industry and official Home Office figures show that there is a growing problem of violence and abuse in the retail sector. This is despite retailers investing £1.2 billion in crime prevention equipment and training to protect shopworkers from violence, abuse and crime.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 10/03/2020 - 14:12

Business Groups Set Out Case for Rates Reform

Organisations representing thousands of businesses have written to the Chancellor, called on him to push ahead with business rates reform in the Budget on March 11th.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Wed, 04/03/2020 - 09:13