Press Releases

ACS Calls on MPs to Reject Shambolic Sunday Trading Plans

ACS has called on MPs to reject an amendment tabled in the Enterprise Bill on Sunday Trading that will damage the economy and devastate small shops.

The Department for Business published its response to The consultation this morning, summarising over 7,000 responses in what amounts to a 12-page advocacy document for liberalisation.

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Forcing Through Sunday Trading Proposals Condemned as 'Gross Abuse of Power'

Government have confirmed that they intend to press ahead with devolution of Sunday trading, despite widespread opposition from MPs on both sides of the House.

During the second reading debate of the Enterprise Bill this afternoon (Tuesday), Business Minister Sajid Javid announced that plans to deregulate Sunday Trading hours will be added to the Bill during Committee Stage.

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ONS Crime Figures Reveal Highest Level of Shop Theft Since 2003

The Office for National Statistics have released its annual figures on shoplifting, revealing the highest volume of shop theft since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003.

The figures show that there were over 9,000 more incidents of shop theft in the year ending September 2015 when compared with the previous year. While most offences recorded by the NCRS have seen steady decline, shop theft has slowly risen over recent years.

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Crimestoppers and ACS offers reward of up to £10K for information on spate of robberies across Birmingham

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information on a man responsible for a spate of robberies across Birmingham and the Black Country.

The area has seen a total of 12 robberies committed over an eight month period between 30 March and 26 November at nine different supermarkets and convenience stores, taking place anytime between 7.45pm to 10.30pm. One store was targeted on three separate occasions.

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ACS Welcomes Select Committee Inquiry into Business Rate Proposals

ACS has welcomed the announcement of a Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the Government’s proposals to devolve rate setting powers to local authorities.

The Inquiry will examine the Government's proposals to allow local authorities to retain 100 per cent of the full stock of business rates by 2020, to cut business rates, and for directly elected mayors to add a premium to business rates to pay for new infrastructure projects.

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ACS Welcomes Cap on Interchange Fees

ACS has welcomed the introduction of a cap on the fees that banks charge retailers for accepting debit and credit cards.

Interchange fees are charged by a card holder's bank to a retailer for both debit and credit card transactions. The new rules state that fees will be capped at 0.3 per cent for credit card transactions and 0.2 per cent on debit card transactions.

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