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ACS Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling on ATM Business Rates

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a ruling from the Supreme Court which has concluded that external ATMs should not be subject to a separate business rates assessment.

Valuation officers challenged a Court of Appeal ruling which concluded that ATMs at existing properties, either inside or outside, should not be subject to separate bills

In a ruling today (20th May) a panel of five justices dismissed the Government’s appeal and upheld the Court of Appeal decision from November 2018.

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ACS: New Tobacco Regulations Now in Force

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers about the tobacco changes in force from today. From 20th May, the menthol cigarettes ban with come into effect and the sell through period for unmarked stock in the tobacco track and trace system will end.

Menthol Cigarettes Ban

From 20th May, the following will be banned:

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Covid Impact Survey Reveals How Stores Have Adapted Since Lockdown

New findings from the Association of Convenience Stores have revealed the challenges faced by retailers and colleagues since the lockdown, and the changes that they have made in store to keep their communities going.

The ACS Covid-19 Impact Survey shows that while two thirds of convenience stores have seen sales increase in the last two months, a third have seen a fall in sales with 26% reporting that sales have fallen significantly.

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Trade Bodies Respond to DRS Regulations Passed in Scotland

This week (13th May), the regulations for a deposit return scheme in Scotland were passed by the Scottish Parliament.

From July 2022, consumers will have to pay a 20p deposit on single-use drinks containers made of PET plastic, steel aluminium or glass, which they then get back when they return the container to their local shop or other return point.

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ACS Welcomes Business Rates Revaluation Postponement

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement that a revaluation of business rates has been postponed.

The Non Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2019-20 was introduced to bring the date of the next revaluation forward from 2022 to 2021.

Today (6th May) Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that the scheduled revaluation will no longer take place in 2021 to help ease uncertainty for firms affected by the coronavirus.

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ACS Provides Clarity for Retailers on Menthol Ban

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers about the upcoming ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes which comes into force in two weeks, despite the ongoing situation with the coronavirus outbreak.

From 20th May, the following will be banned:

  • Menthol cigarettes (this includes capsule, click on, click & roll, crushball or dual menthol cigarettes)
  • Cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco which has been packaged with flavoured filters or papers

The ban does not affect the sale of:

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ACS Provides Evidence to Parliamentary Inquiries on COVID-19 Impact

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has provided evidence to two Parliamentary Inquiries which explore the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and the food supply chain, highlighting the vital role that local shops have played in feeding communities.

The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s inquiry looks at the impact of the outbreak on businesses and workers.

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Britain’s Local Shops Now Providing Over 600,000 Home Deliveries A Week

New figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores today show that local shops across Britain have stepped up to keep their communities going during the coronavirus crisis, making over 600,000 grocery deliveries a week.

Before the coronavirus crisis, figures from the 2019 ACS Local Shop Report suggested that a little over one in ten convenience stores provided a home delivery service. This figure has since skyrocketed, with around two thirds of local shops now offering some form of delivery.

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ACS Works with Alzheimer’s Society to Support Vulnerable Customers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has developed a resource to help convenience retailers work with councils to provide support to the vulnerable customers living in their communities.

Retailers can fill in the ‘Retailer Services Checklist’ with details about the products, services and support that they have available for their customers, particularly those who may be more vulnerable or who are self-isolating.

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