Press Releases

Prime Minister Announces Easing of Lockdown Restrictions

Today (23rd June) Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the next stage of changes to the lockdown measures in England.

During the announcement, Johnson confirmed that people should continue to aim to keep two metres apart but where this is not possible they should keep to one metre plus other mitigations such as use of face coverings, sitting side by side rather than face to face to reduce risk of transmission and frequent use of hand sanitiser.

Read More

ACS Hosts Roundtable with Retailers and the Low Pay Commission

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has hosted a roundtable with retailers and representatives from the Low Pay Commission to discuss the impact of the National Living Wage (NLW) on convenience stores.  

During the roundtable, retailers discussed their experiences with Low Pay Commissioners Neil Carberry and Kay Carberry, highlighting their concerns about the impact of Covid-19 related operating costs to their business, including PPE for colleagues, in-store signage and temporary recruitment of colleagues.

Read More

More Speakers Announced for ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience Virtual Conference

More speakers have been announced for ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience virtual conference, taking place on 1st July 2020.

This morning session will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers as they discuss the issues currently affecting forecourt retailers and some issues that they may face in the future. 

Speakers confirmed include:

Read More

Plastic Straw Ban Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow MP confirmed that introduction of new legislation banning the sale of plastic drinking straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic stirrers was delayed because of the coronavirus. 

Read More

Small Business Minister Recognises Vital Role of Retail Sector

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a letter from Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, Paul Scully MP which highlights the vital and positive role that the retail sector has played during the coronavirus crisis.

In the letter, Paul Scully MP says: “I would like to echo the comments made by the Business Secretary in his letter of 8 April thanking retail workers who have continued to work in our shops, online and supply chains throughout this challenging period. 

Read More

Book Your Place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience Virtual Conference

Book your place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience virtual conference, taking place on 1st July 2020.

This morning session will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers as they discuss the issues currently affecting forecourt retailers and some issues that they may face in the future. 

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Read More

ACS Launches New Guidance to Support Unpaid Carers in Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched new guidance today to support the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers, who are helping elderly, ill, or vulnerable friends and relatives.

The guidance helps retailers and colleagues working in local shops to identify unpaid carers, and recommends ways to support them both in-store and through delivery services.

Some of the recommendations for retailers looking to further support unpaid carers include:

Read More

ACS: Save the Date for Summit20 and the Local Shop Report Launch!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced the new date for its annual conference and launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Summit20 will now be taking place on 9th September 2020 as a virtual immersive event and this year’s conference will also feature the launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Confirmed speakers include:

Read More

ACS Provides Clarity for Retailers on Age Verifications and Face Coverings

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has worked with Trading Standards to provide clarity for local shops about the sale of age-restricted products in relation to customers wearing face masks or face coverings.

When serving customers wearing face masks or face coverings who wish to purchase an age-restricted product in store, retailers should consider the following:

Read More

Pages