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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.

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The 2020 Local Shop Report has revealed that the 46,955 stores in the UK convenience sector currently employ around 412,000 people, generating sales of over £44.7bn over the last year.

The report, launched by the Association of Convenience Stores, demonstrates how important the UK’s network of convenience stores are to thousands of communities and millions of customers.  

Key figures from this year’s report include:

  • The convenience sector has generated £44.7bn in sales over the last year, contributing over £10.1bn in GVA
  • In the last year, convenience stores have invested over £585m in improving their businesses and introducing new services for customers
  • Convenience stores provide local, flexible and secure jobs for around 412,000 people across the UK