business rates

Welsh government announces £10m rate relief package

The scheme will support high street businesses that will see a rate rise in April

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business rates

ACS urges councils to spend rates revenue wisely

01 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged councils not to penalise convenience outlets when seeking to raise revenue for infrastructure projects through business rates.


Fewer retailers selling e-cigarettes to children

31 Jan 2017 | By Simon Banks

Most retailers who sold electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) to underage customers in previous test purchases are now fully compliant with the law, according to a new report from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). 

High street

Industry to work with government on 'retail sector deal'

24 Jan 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has detailed the areas it wants a “retail sector deal” with the government to include following this week’s publication of a Green Paper on Industrial Strategy.

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Retailers back ACS' calls for rural action plan

24 Jan 2017 Updated: 27 Jan 2017 | By Simon Banks

Rural convenience retailers have backed the Association of Convenience Store’s (ACS) calls for the government to introduce an action plan to relieve business pressures. 

Bottle Tops

Ministers set sights on reducing plastic bottle litter

23 Jan 2017 | By Andrew Don

Ministers in both England and Scotland are considering how to address the problem of plastic bottles polluting seas and beaches.

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Councils fail in bid to ban super-strength alcohol products

20 Jan 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Three super-strength alcohol products have been cleared by The Portman Group, the drinks industry watchdog, following complaints from local authorities.

ACS calls for Tobacco Register plans to be scrapped

Plans for Welsh tobacco register should be scrapped, says ACS

19 Jan 2017 | By Simon Banks

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for plans for a tobacco register in Wales to be scrapped while giving evidence to the Health, Social Care and Sports committee on the Public Health Wales (PHW) Bill.


Smokers struggle to identify imminent tobacco changes

14 Dec 2016 | By David Rees

Fewer than half of UK smokers can name a specific feature of tobacco regulations coming into force next year, despite 80% of them being generally aware of imminent changes to packs


Guidance on roadworks compensation outdated, says MP

08 Dec 2016 | By Robin Mannering

Local authority guidance on compensating small businesses affected by roadworks has effectively become irrelevant and must be updated, according to an MP backing C-Store’s Works Must Pay campaign.

New pricing guidance for retailers published

New pricing guidance for retailers published

08 Dec 2016 | By Simon Banks

New guidance aimed at stopping misleading and confusing pricing tactics used by some retailers has been published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).

ACS submits sugar levy challenge

Sugar tax to be enforced in April 2018, ministers confirm

05 Dec 2016 | By Robin Mannering

The government has confirmed that the soft drinks levy will be introduced in April 2018, despite industry opposition.


Public health body backs minimum alcohol unit pricing

02 Dec 2016 | By Simon Banks

The introduction of a minimum legal price per alcohol unit in England could lead to health improvements, according to a review by Public Health England (PHE).


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Gary Shaw

Get the basics right

10 Feb 2017 | By HIM

In terms of what shoppers are looking for from their c-store, it is very much a case of getting the basics right, says Gary Shaw.

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