James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, brings the latest view from the lobbying group.

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Ready for digital tax returns?

By James Lowman

The government is introducing Making Tax Digital reforms as part of a long-term plan to help businesses keep on top of their tax affairs, and in principle that makes complete sense, writes James.

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Reporting retail crime

By James Lowman

If retailers stop reporting crimes when they take place there’s a danger that forces will see theft as even less of a priority over time, says James.

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State influence

By James Lowman

There are two areas of consumer behaviour that the government is looking to influence in 2019 and which will have a direct impact on convenience stores: plastic bag use and diet choices.

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Focus on energy drinks

By James Lowman

Store owners should debate selling energy drinks to children with their community, says James.

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Self promotion

By James Lowman

The sector clearly needs to shout more about its benefits to the community, James believes.

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Far-reaching impact?

By James Lowman

Last week the Scottish government published a consultation aimed at tackling obesity. We’ve seen a number of policies start in Scotland then become law in Westminster, says James.

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Flexible working

By James Lowman

The Local Shop Report shows how the sector is offering employment flexibility, says James.

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Rating the options

By James Lowman

If the government wants to torch the business rates system, that’s fine by us, but many of the things that would make the system fairer and more effective don’t need a whole new system.

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Fee to use?

By James Lowman

Link must continue to be held to account over the effects of interchange fee cuts, James argues.

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Targeting business crime

By James Lowman

The recent expert report on tackling retail crime takes a pragmatic approach, says James.

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The value of c-store jobs

By James Lowman

There is much more to consider than rates per hour when it comes to employment, argues James

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