James Lowman 5

  • ACS
    Blogs

    General Election priorities

    2019-11-13T09:53:00Z

    The forthcoming General Election is about far more than Brexit, argues ACS’ James Lowman

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Domestic policy is back in the news

    2019-10-21T09:57:00Z

    The Queen’s Speech last week, while still pretty Brexit heavy, was a refreshing return to government setting out its domestic legislative intentions in the coming months.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Showing the importance of c-stores

    2019-09-23T10:49:00Z

    Every year since 2012 we have published the Local Shop Report, our annual look at the convenience sector, and this year’s is the most comprehensive report yet, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    The value of the local c-store

    2019-08-20T08:49:00Z

    ACS’ Community Barometer seeks to find out which services the public want, as well as how essential those services are, explains chief executive James Lowman.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Why ‘all in’ DRS is bad news for retailers

    2019-07-22T13:25:00Z

    Last week, as Theresa May’s premiership approached its end, we saw government ministers and departments releasing consultations, statements, statistics and policy announcements as a final parting shot before the summer recess and the likely formation of a new cabinet, writes the ACS’ James Lowman.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Assured advice for all retailers

    2019-06-03T11:14:00Z

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Counting the cost of crime

    2019-04-03T10:29:00Z

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Focus on energy drinks

    2018-12-12T10:39:00Z

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

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Self promotion

    2018-11-19T12:09:00Z

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

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Flexible working

    2018-09-19T15:51:00Z

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

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Targeting business crime

    2018-06-12T14:39:00Z

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

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Serious crimes

    2018-03-21T15:26:00Z

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