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ACS prides itself on being an authoritative voice on the retail sector to Government. To further this aim, we have invested in a number of significant research projects to find out more about the retailers who make up the growing convenience sector.

The Local Shop Report is the annual report for the sector, bringing together data from respected industry sources with brand new information about the entrepreneurs that run convenience stores.

The Community Barometer tracks the opinions of retailers, consumers and councillors on the services nearby, the policies that should be a priority in their area and the performance of their local councils.  

Our Convenience Dashboard is a quarterly track of how retailers feel about their prospects in the coming year. The Convenience Dashboard looks at retailer optimism, experience of crime, community activity and investment plans.

Take part in
our surveys

ACS is only as strong as its members. To effectively lobby government on the issues that affect your business, we need to hear from you.

For more information about how to take part in our surveys in the future, contact ACS Research Assistant Phoebe Clifford via