Press Releases

ACS: Local Shops Welcome Plastic Bag Charge Increase in Scotland

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government that the minimum price of a single use carrier bag (SUCB) is set to increase from 5p to 10p in an effort to help tackle plastic waste.

Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham confirmed today (13th January) that the increase is scheduled to be implemented from 1st April 2021. The announcement follows a public consultation launched at the end of 2019 by the Scottish Government on ways to develop Scotland’s circular economy.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ 2021 Rural Shop Report Launch!

Taking place virtually on 23rd February, ACS’ Rural Shop Report launch event will provide an insight into the essential role that rural shops play in their local communities and to the wider economy.

The morning launch event will reveal the findings of this year’s report, providing a comprehensive overview of rural shops in the convenience sector, the services that they offer and the people running the stores.

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ACS: Take Part in the 2021 Colleague Survey!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on people working in local shops to provide their views on employment in the convenience sector as part of the 2021 Colleague Survey.

The survey asks colleagues to provide feedback on their experiences of working in the sector, looking at training and progression, working environments and wellbeing, employment contracts and life outside work, pay and the benefits of working in the convenience sector.  

Now in its sixth year, the ACS Colleague Survey:

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Up to 10,000 Local Shops Face Unprecedented Restrictions on Siting Products

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has warned that restrictions on where some food products can be sited within a minority of convenience stores in England will have a significant impact on more than one in five of England’s local shops. The Department for Health & Social Care has today (Monday 28 December) published its response to a consultation on restricting placement of certain high fat, salt and sugar products at in store entrances, the end of aisles and at tills, as well as banning mechanisms like “buy one get one free” deals

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Retailers Warned to Be Vigilant Against Counterfeit Alcohol This Christmas

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers to beware of counterfeit alcohol during the Christmas period after indications of counterfeit goods entering into the UK market.

There have been instances of independent retailers being targeted with counterfeit products and we are reminding retailers to only work with Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) registered wholesalers and to take seriously any complaints regarding the difference in the expected taste, smell or look of a product.

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ACS Welcomes Parliamentary Inquiry into Violence and Abuse Towards Retail Workers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the announcement from the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee of an inquiry into violence and abuse towards retail workers

Launched today (18th December) the inquiry will focus on the police response to reported incidents, and the calls for a new aggravated offence for violent and abusive behaviour towards retail workers.

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ACS: Census 2021 Initiative Celebrates Local Heroes

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on convenience retailers to get involved with a new initiative to mark the Census 2021, which aims to celebrate the unsung heroes in local communities across England and Wales.

The census is a survey that happens every ten years and helps plan funding and provision of public services. The next census is taking place in 2021 and will be the 22nd census of England and  Wales.

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ACS: Welsh Business Rates to be Frozen for 2021/22

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Welsh Government that business rates in Wales will be frozen for 2021/22.

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans MS confirmed today (15th December) that businesses rates in Wales will not be subject to an inflationary increase in 2021-22. It is estimated that the freeze will support around 54,000 ratepayers across Wales, who are not already receiving 100% rates relief. 

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