Press Releases

ACS Urges Government to Expand Home Testing Offer to all Local Shops

Yesterday (28th March) the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that home testing for Covid-19 has been expanded to businesses with over 10 employees.

From 6th April, the workplace testing programme will supply home test kits to companies with over 10 workers where it is not possible to set up testing on-site, due to a lack of space or because companies operate across multiple sites.

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Bank of England Unveils New Polymer £50 Note

Today (25th March) Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey unveiled the new polymer £50 note featuring the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.

The polymer £50 note contains advanced security features, including:

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Last Chance to Book Your Place at 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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Book Your Place at ACS’ Summit21!

Book your place at ACS’ 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.

This year’s conference will cover three key themes in relation to the convenience sector: recover, retain and reimagine. The sessions will be co-chaired by ACS chief executive James Lowman and Central England Co-operative chief executive Debbie Robinson.

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Book Your Place at 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: 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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