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GroceryAid launches service to help staff after trauma

A new Workplace Critical Incident Support service has been set up by the grocery charity GroceryAid.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes change to business rates revaluations

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed an announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on changes to the frequency of business rates revaluations.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS urges retailers to prepare for refrigeration regulation change

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has produced new guidance to help retailers prepare for the F-Gas service ban, which comes into effect on 1 January 2020.

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Valuation Office set to appeal over ATM business rates

A court verdict that overturned £300m of business rate bills for cash machines outside shops is set to be challenged after the Government received approval from the Supreme Court to appeal.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes decision to axe charges for calls to police

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed an announcement by the Home Office’s that charges for calls to the 101 police non-emergency number will be dropped.

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Treasury Committee concerned about loss of free-to-use ATMs

The Treasury Committee has expressed concern about the rate at which free-to-use ATMs have been closing. 

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS urges members to take part in energy market review

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is urging its members to take part in a review of the microbusiness energy market being carried out by the energy regulator Ofgem.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS and FWD launch charter to set behaviour at work standards

The trade associations for the convenience retailing and wholesale sectors are teaming up with their members and major suppliers to define and promote standards of behaviour between individuals from different companies working together.

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New government body to safeguard access to cash

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the creation of a new group chaired by the Treasury which has been set up to safeguard consumers’ access to cash.

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ACS calls for action over rapid loss of free-to-use cash machines

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for urgent action to secure consumers’ access to cash after Which? reported a massive increase in the number of cash machines being converted to charge fees.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS urges retailers to report crime after police report fall

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to new figures from the Office for National Statistics’ annual Crime Survey for England and Wales, reiterating calls on retailers to report incidents of shop theft when they occur.

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Guidance offered on track and trace tobacco regulations

The Association of Convenience Stores and Bestway Wholesale are both offering guidance to retailers on the new tobacco track and trace regulations which will come into operation on May 20.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Diploma in Convenience Retailing offered by university

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has announced a new partnership with the University of Surrey’s Department of Marketing and Retail Management to offer the first Diploma in Convenience Retailing.

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ACS calls for consumers access to cash to be protected

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the publication of the final Access to Cash Review, calling on the Government to ensure that consumer’s access to cash is protected in the future.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS calls for 'Making Tax Digital' to be delayed by a year

The Government is being urged to postpone the roll-out of new tax procedures, because with less than six weeks to go until the introduction of Making Tax Digital rules by HMRC, only one in four convenience store retailers know what they need to do comply with the changes.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Ministry report suggests high street shops are too highly taxed

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the findings of a new report published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on the future of high streets and town centres.

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ACS warns over track and trace tobacco rules implementation

HMRC has still failed to explain how retailers can comply with new tobacco ‘track and trace’ regulations even though they are due to come into effect in less than three months.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS protests about proposals for shops to be recycling points

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has protested that proposed recycling regulations could be extremely problematic for its members.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS calls for clarity on new tobacco regulations

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reiterated its calls to Government to publish details of how retailers can apply for the codes that they will need to comply with the upcoming tobacco track and trace regulations, after HMRC launched a further consultation on the details of the regulations.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Government publishes guidance on Brexit for retailers

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published new guidance for the retail sector on preparing for EU exit.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS backs call for harsher sanctions on illegal tobacco trade

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association (LGA) to impose tougher sanctions on those caught selling illicit tobacco.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Retailers urged to report shop theft after claimed reduction

The Association of Convenience store (ACS) is urging retailers to report incidents of shop theft after latest crime statistics showed a decline.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes Home Office commitments on retail crime

New commitments on tackling retail crime, announced by Home Office minister Victoria Atkins, have been welcomed by The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS report highlights value of local stores in Wales

New research published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) reveals the growing importance of local shops to people in Wales.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS calls for greater flexibility in planning system

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for greater flexibility in the planning system to enable retailers to respond to changing consumer demands.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS warns proposed rules could hit small shops in Scotland

Proposals by the Scottish Government to restrict locations in store where confectionery, biscuits, crisps and other products can be sold will cause significant problems for smaller stores the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has warned.

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More reasons to attend The Forecourt Show 2019

Everything from crime prevention to creating bigger profits will be covered in the business advice section of The Forecourt Show 2019.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes proposal to extend plastic bag charge

Government plans to extend the single use plastic carrier bag charge to small retailers in England have been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
Plan to consult on English deposit return scheme for drinks containers

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Newsagents Federation (NFRN) have welcomed the government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy for England.

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Report confirms many people still rely on cash

Britain is not yet ready to go cashless, with about eight million people saying cash is a necessity, according to an interim report by the independent Access to Cash Review.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes London mayor's new food strategy

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the Mayor of London’s new Food Strategy which sets out plans to ensure all Londoners have access to healthy and sustainable food.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes rates relief extension in Wales

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed an announcement from the Welsh Government, which has confirmed an extension to the high street rates relief scheme for 2019-20.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes guidance on business rates discounts

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the publication of new guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the details of how business rates discounts announced in this year’s Budget will be allocated.

Blanket age bans rejected for energy drinks

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published the findings of its inquiry into the sale of energy drinks, concluding that there is insufficient evidence for a blanket age restriction on the products.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS calls for Making Tax Digital to be delayed by a year

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is calling on the government to delay Making Tax Digital (MTD) until 2020, following a report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub Committee.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS welcomes inquiry into access to financial services

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the Treasury Select Committee’s decision to launch an inquiry into consumer access to financial services.

James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

Since the publication of the revised business rate valuations late last year, a range of business groups including ACS have been campaigning to ensure that those hardest hit by the revaluation will be given appropriate relief, and that beyond the revaluation, the rating system will be reviewed so that everyone pays their fair share. This inequity in the rating system was highlighted when it was revealed that while petrol forecourts are seeing their bills rise, some of the biggest internet distribution warehouses are set to see a fall in their rateable values.

James Lowman: ACS chief executive

As we build up to the new financial year starting in April when businesses in England and Wales will start paying rates based on the latest revaluation, there's been a lot in the papers about business rates. While a lot of the media coverage talks about the pounds and pence increases, the underlying issue remains that two years ago, the government committed to undertaking a fundamental review of business rates and we're yet to see a clear conclusion to it.