Press Releases

ACS: Local Shops are Committed to Becoming More Dementia-Friendly

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers and colleagues to become Dementia Friends to better understand and support customers living with dementia.

Findings from ACS’ Voice of Local Shops Survey revealed that around 4,500 independent stores have Dementia Friends working in-store.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Local shops operate at the heart of their communities and are lifelines for customers who may be more isolated or vulnerable and this has been particularly evident throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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ACS: Tougher Penalties Needed for Attacks on Shopworkers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has briefed MPs ahead of the Second Reading of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSC), calling for tougher sentencing to address attacks against shopworkers.

The Bill includes plans to introduce tougher sentencing for attacks on emergency workers and reforms to the Out of Courts Disposals system (OOCD) to address repeat offending.

In its briefing, ACS made two key recommendations:

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More Speakers Announced for ACS’ 2021 Crime Seminar!

Book your place at ACS’ Crime Seminar, taking place virtually between 10-11.15am on 23rd March 2021.

The event will feature the launch of the 2021 Crime Report, provide the opportunity to hear about best practice from industry experts and explore how the sector is working to tackle crime.

Minister for Crime and Policing Kit Malthouse has been confirmed to address the seminar to talk about action the Government is taking on retail crime and violence, including ACS’ work in partnership with the Home Office. 

Confirmed speakers and panellists include:

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ACS: Welsh Government Announces First Stage of Lockdown Relaxation

Today (12th March) the Welsh Government set out its first steps out of lockdown, with “stay local" guidance replacing "stay home".

First Minister Mark Drakeford said that the easing of rules in Wales was the start of a “phased approach” out of lockdown.

From 22nd March there will be gradual easing of non-essential shopping and non-essential aisles in supermarkets and this will be followed by the reopening of non-essential retail on 12th April.

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ACS: Government Must Honour Commitment to Access to Cash

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to take urgent access to ensure long-term access to cash and to provide local shops with support in order to continue providing this service to their customers.

Today (11th March) marks one year since the Government outlined its commitment to legislate to secure access to cash at Budget 2020.

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ACS: Census 2021 Celebrates Values of Local Shops

Taking place on 21st March, this year’s census is not only about collecting essential information that underpins decisions that impact everyone, it is about celebrating ordinary people and the extraordinary contributions they have made to their communities.

Census 2021 will be the 22nd census of England and Wales and to mark the occasion, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is awarding 22 local community heroes with bespoke purple plaques which can be displayed at either their workplace, home or in the wider community.

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ACS Outlines Local Shops’ Recommendations for a Workable DRS

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to an Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) call for evidence on the next steps for the implementation of deposit return schemes.

The call for evidence sought views on; materials in scope, scheme design, obligations on retailers, recent changes in retail activity and how the scheme works in relation to other Government waste schemes under the Resource and Waste Strategy such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

ACS’ key recommendations for the scheme include:

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ACS Calls for Tougher Sanctions to Tackle Illicit Tobacco Trade

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a HMRC consultation on sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion, highlighting the detrimental impact that the illicit trade has on legitimate retailers.
The consultation sought views on proposals for new sanctions linked to the UK’s tobacco track and trace system, and extending HMRC’s traceability enforcement powers to Trading Standards officers. ACS’ response to the consultation also highlighted that enforcement action against local shops is not a panacea for the illicit tobacco market.

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Budget 2021: Local Shops Call for Extended Business Rates Support to Avoid Spike in Operating Costs

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reiterated its calls to the Treasury ahead of the 2021 Budget on Wednesday, calling on the Chancellor to extend the business rates discount in 2021/22 to avoid a ‘sudden shock’ of high rates bills while stores are still dealing with the impact of the pandemic.

ACS recommends a minimum 50% reduction in business rates for 2021/22 to taper the reintroduction of rates and avoid a cliff edge spike in operating costs at a time when local shops are still investing in and adapting their businesses to keep customers and colleagues safe.

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ACS: Save the Date for Summit21!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has confirmed the date of its biggest annual conference, taking place virtually as an immersive event on 13th April.

Summit21 is an unmissable event for anyone involved with the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers and industry experts from around the world.

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