Press Releases

Lords Committee Recommends Tighter Restrictions on Alcohol Promotions

The Association of Convenience Stores has responded to the publication of a House of Lords Committee Review into the Licensing Act, raising concerns about recommendations made on alcohol promotions and licensing fees.

The 168 page review recommends further restrictions on alcohol promotions (which are already in place in Scotland), whilst also recommending giving power to local authorities to increase licensing fees in their area, resulting in additional costs for local shops, pubs, and restaurants.

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LPC: Small Businesses Most Heavily Affected by Living Wage Rates

The Low Pay Commission have published their assessment of the impact of the National Living Wage on businesses over the last year, noting that smaller businesses have been more heavily affected than their larger counterparts.

The report shows that both the number of people and the number of hours worked have fallen over the last year in the smallest businesses. Regionally, overall employment has also fallen over the last year in the North East, North West, the East of England and Scotland.

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Local Shop Reiterate Opposition to Bottle Deposit Plans

Trade associations representing convenience stores across England, Wales and Scotland have reiterated their position on plans for a bottle return scheme, outlining the problems that the scheme would cause for retailers.

The Association of Convenience Stores and the Scottish Grocers Federation have written to the Scottish government, highlighting the following concerns about deposit return schemes (DRS):

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Finance Committee Calls for Making Tax Digital Plans to be Delayed Until 2020

ACS has welcomed calls from a House of Lords Finance Sub Committee on Making Tax Digital plans to delay the proposals until at least 2020.

Government proposals, originally published through six consultation documents in August 2016, aim to introduce a fully digital tax system with the intention of reducing errors in tax reporting. The proposals are due to be implemented by 2018, with a one year extension announced by the Chancellor in the Budget to 2019 for businesses under the VAT threshold (£83k turnover in 2017, £85k in 2018).

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ACS Renews Partnership with Crimestoppers to Tackle Crime Against Retailers

ACS has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping staff and customers safe in local shops with the renewal of its partnership with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

Crimestoppers and ACS have been in partnership since 2010, and have worked to raise awareness of crimes against local stores, while also offering rewards for serious crimes that have been committed in shops within local communities.

ACS’s 2017 Crime Report revealed that over 9,400 incidents of violence were estimated across the sector, while there were over 3,000 incidents of burglary committed.

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ACS Crime Report Reveals £232m Cost of Crime Against Convenience Stores

Figures released today from the Association of Convenience Stores’ Crime Report 2017 have revealed the costs, both human and monetary, of crimes committed against convenience store staff and owners, including shop theft, burglary, robbery and violence. The report highlights the significance of shop theft, with more than half of the total cost of crime accounted for by theft from customers. Key findings from the report include:

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11 Business Groups Call on Government for Rates Reform

A group of organisations representing over 100,000 businesses has written to all MPs expressing concern about the impact that changes to business rates will have on their members in April.

The letter highlights the issues that thousands of businesses are facing as a result of the revaluation, with many due to receive significant increases in their rates bills.

The group is calling for action in the following areas:

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