James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, brings the latest view from the lobbying group.
While there’s no doubt that our exit from the European Union is still grabbing most of the headlines, there are plenty of rules and regulation changes to keep retailers occupied on a day-to-day basis, writes ACS chief executive James Lowman.
It is key that we take this opportunity to highlight the cost of crime not only in terms of financial loss, but its human impact, writes ACS chief executive James Lowman.
Whenever we talk to retailers about the biggest issues they face on a day-to-day basis, the number one thing that comes up time and again is crime, writes the ACS chief executive.
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.
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.
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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Store owners should debate selling energy drinks to children with their community, says James.
The sector clearly needs to shout more about its benefits to the community, James believes.
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.
The Local Shop Report shows how the sector is offering employment flexibility, says James.
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.