Press Releases

Government Figures Show Overall Fall in Retail Business Rates Bills

The Government has published headline figures on the results of the revaluation of business rates, announcing that rateable values in the retail sector are set to increase by an average of 4.7% across the UK, although this is heavily influenced by a 26.2% increase in rateable values in London, with most regions in England and Wales seeing a decrease in their rateable values.

There is also due to be a reduction of 1.7p in both the small business and standard rates multiplier, which will lead to net decreases in most retailers’ business rates bills.

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ACS Announces New Chair and Deputy Chair

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has confirmed the appointment of Patrick Sewell and Debbie Robinson as chair and deputy chair respectively.

Patrick will take on the chairmanship of ACS from 1 November 2016, having served as deputy chair since 2014. Patrick will replace Palmer and Harvey Group Strategy and Development Director Paul Hagon as chair, who remains on the ACS board.

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ACS Welcomes Small Business Rate Relief Extension in Wales

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that the Small Business Rate Relief scheme will be extended for 2017-18 and made permanent in 2018.

Businesses with a rateable value of up to £6,000 will continue to receive 100% relief, while those with a rateable value of between £6,000 and £12,000 will receive tapered relief from 100% to 0.

The Welsh Government claim that 70% of small businesses in Wales are eligible for relief, with around half of those eligible paying no rates at all.

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ACS Responds to Food Waste Inquiry

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Food Waste Inquiry, insisting that there is no need for new legislation to reduce food waste as retailers are already reducing waste pro-actively through food donations or giving food to staff.

In the submission, ACS highlighted that there is significant variety in the products offered by different types of convenience stores, depending on their size and location, and that the amount of food waste produced by a convenience store will vary accordingly.

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ACS and Centrepoint Team Up On Retail Apprenticeships

The trade association representing local shops, and one of Britain’s biggest charities supporting young people have teamed up to offer apprenticeships in the convenience store sector.  ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) which represents the UK’s 50,000 convenience stores employing 390,000 people, is working with Centrepoint to give these businesses easy access to the system of apprenticeships which is at the heart of the government’s skills strategy.

Centrepoint will work with ACS and its members to:

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Local Shops More Relevant than Ever, But Jobs Cut as Wage Hikes Take Toll

The 2016 Local Shop Report has revealed the essential role that convenience stores play in the modern retail landscape, with stores more relevant than ever before in consumer’s lives.

Published today by the Association of Convenience Stores, the report demonstrates the value that local shops provide their communities, both in terms of investment and making a positive difference to their local area. Key findings from the report include:

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ACS Welcomes New Sentencing Guidelines on Alcohol Sale Offences

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on guidelines for alcohol sale offences, welcoming the Council’s proposed revisions to the way that magistrates deal with alcohol related offences.

The consultation looks at the guidance that magistrates are provided when deciding on the appropriate sentencing for alcohol related offences committed by retailers, such as the sale of alcohol to people under 18 and selling alcohol to people that are intoxicated.

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High Streets Minister Welcomes ACS Guide to Local Engagement

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy has welcomed new guidance for convenience store retailers on engaging with different local decision makers in their area.

The guidance, released today by the Association of Convenience Stores, aims to support convenience retailers in understanding the shift toward more local decision making, give them the tools to identify who the most important people to engage with locally are, and learn new practical ways to engage locally based on other retailers’ experience.

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