From 21 May John Lewis shops in Cheltenham, Kingston and Leeds will trial removing single use plastic carrier bags. Customers will be asked to bring their own bags, or buy a reusable bag made from 100% recyclable material. The reusable
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is pleased to announce that the Raj Aggarwal Trophy will be launched on Thursday 6 May.
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) call for evidence on commercial rents and Covid-19, urging the Government to support businesses in their recovery from the pandemic.
From 1 April, the minimum price of a single-use carrier bag (SUCB) in Scotland will be increasing from 5p to 10p in an effort to help tackle plastic waste.
Yesterday (28 March) the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that home testing for Covid-19 has been expanded to businesses with over 10 employees.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP has delivered the 2021 Budget, announcing a three part plan as part series of measures to continue support for businesses as the UK recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic.
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has called on the Government to rethink its plans to put a £26m cost burden on around 2,000 independent retailers as part of its Obesity Strategy proposals.
ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has appointed two new directors as new representatives from the Co-op and from BP.
The UK’s rural shops have invested over £315m over the last year, introducing services like contactless payment, in-store bakeries and Post Office counters to meet the needs of customers in rural areas. The 2018 Rural Shop Report, released today by the
Convenience store retailers have made record investments in their business over the last three months ahead of expected price rises in the New Year and despite rising costs, according to new research from the Association of Convenience Stores. Over the last
The 2016 Local Shop Report has revealed the essential role that convenience stores play in the modern retail landscape, with stores more relevant than ever before in consumer’s lives. Published today by the Association of Convenience Stores, the report demonstrates
The latest ACS (Association of Convenience Stores) Investment Tracker shows that local shops have invested £600m in their businesses over the past 12 months, including a record £181m in the last quarter. However, investment levels per store are down compared
Figures released as part of the Home Office’s Commercial Victimisation Survey have found that one in five premises in the retail and wholesale sector were victims of shop theft over the last year, with the sector having the highest crime
Local shops across the UK have welcomed parliament's decision to reject changes to Sunday trading laws in vote on the Enterprise Bill this afternoon. The proposals, which would have seen local councils given the power to remove Sunday trading hours
The Association of Convenience Stores has called on MPs to reject an amendment tabled in the Enterprise Bill on SundayTrading, which it claims will damage the economy and devastate small shops. The Department for Business published its response to The consultation
Investment levels in the convenience store sector have recovered slightly over the last three months after a shock fall in the summer, while concern among retailers about employment costs has led to a widening gap in optimism between sales and
The 2015 Local Shop Report has revealed the vital contribution that local shops make, both to the UK economy and the consumers who rely on them. Published today, the report offers new information about the value that local shops provide their
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has launched new guidance for retailers on how to meet the needs of disabled customers in store. The guide has been developed in partnership with the Business Disability Forum, and covers a range of issues including
New figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores have shown that convenience retailers have invested £177m in their businesses in the period between February and May 2015. Overall, more than one in four stores (28%) surveyed said that they
MPs have spoken out against Government plans to exclude small businesses from the 5p carrier bag charge in a parliamentary debate this morning (10 March). In the debate, Dan Rogerson MP refused to acknowledge the concerns raised by both MPs
The ACS’s 2014 Local Shop Report has revealed the vital contribution that local shops make to the UK economy and the investment in services that continues to drive growth in the sector. Published today, the report offers new information about the
Convenience stores driving growth on Britain’s high streets, research by Southampton University finds
The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed new research from Southampton University, outlining the crucial role that convenience stores are playing in the nation’s recovery. The report suggests despite pressure from out of town retailers and online shopping, many high streets
A new report released today by the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed how people really feel about the shops and services on their high streets, and what needs to be done to make those high streets successful again. The
ACS is calling on Government to undertake an urgent full assessment of wider impact of standardised packaging on businesses, following the statement by Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, that they are publishing regulations to introduce plain packaging in the UK. ACS has already
Guidelines to help protect the retail sector’s three million employees from violence are being launched today, after the latest British Retail Consortium (BRC) Retail Crime Survey found shop staff were victims of almost 36,000 incidents of violence or abuse last