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    Why reporting crime is crucial

    2019-05-02T15:42:00Z

    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.

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    Ready for digital tax returns?

    2019-03-04T12:20:00Z

    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

    2019-02-05T15:35:00Z

    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

    2019-01-21T14:51:00Z

    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

    2018-12-12T10:39:00Z

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

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    Self promotion

    2018-11-19T12:09:00Z

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

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    Far-reaching impact?

    2018-10-17T09:48:00Z

    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

    2018-09-19T15:51:00Z

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

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    Rating the options

    2018-08-22T14:22:00Z

    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?

    2018-07-25T15:24:00Z

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

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    Targeting business crime

    2018-06-12T14:39:00Z

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

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    The value of c-store jobs

    2018-05-14T14:01:00Z

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

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    Serious crimes

    2018-03-21T15:26:00Z

    Crimes such as shop theft need to be taken more seriously, says James Lowman.

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    Rural ATM threat

    2018-02-20T11:27:00Z

    Cuts to the Link cash machine interchange fee are concerning, says James Lowman.

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    Take shop theft seriously

    2018-01-08T12:42:00Z

    The way the police, courts and government treat shop theft is a growing concern for James.

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    Budget analysis

    2017-11-30T14:53:00Z

    So what did you make of the Budget? Frustration with announcements on minimum pay and tobacco duty, or silver linings on business rates?

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    Too many unknowns

    2017-11-03T15:56:00Z

    Until operational concerns are addressed, a deposit return scheme cannot work, says James.

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    Promote your local value

    2017-08-14T11:15:00Z

    Celebrate the fact that convenience stores are at the heart of the local communities they serve, says James Lowman.

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    Post-election priorities

    2017-06-29T11:36:00Z

    The ACS will lobby to ensure domestic issues are not overshadowed by Brexit, says James.

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    Election priorities

    2017-05-16T10:24:00Z

    As the general election approaches, the ACS is lobbying parties hard over the key retail issues.