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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.  

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The 2021 Local Shop Report has revealed that the 47,079 stores in the UK convenience sector currently employ around 392,000 people, generating sales of over £43.2bn over the last year.

Key figures from this year’s report include:

  • Over 70% of the UK’s 47,000 convenience stores are run by independent retailers
  • Convenience store colleagues worked a combined 9.6million hours over the last year
  • Consumers rate convenience stores as the top local service that has a positive impact in their community, followed by pharmacies and post offices