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    Counting the cost of the Budget


    The last week has been – in political terms at least - one of the most difficult for local shops in recent memory, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Reforming business rates


    The ACS has put forward its proposals for making business rates for small stores fairer, writes James Lowman.

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    What to expect from the unexpected


    What will a majority Conservative government mean for the sector, asks James Lowman.

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    Policy watch


    We can expect policy developments on key issues after the election, regardless of who’s in power, says James Lowman.

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    Budget analysis


    Overall, this was a safe Budget, but the real challenges will come when the next government unveils its programme after the election, says James Lowman.

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    Getting down to business


    The chancellor is doing the right thing in reviewing business rates, but now the real work starts, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Time to take action


    The government must commit to reforming the business rates system, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Political engagement


    Invite your MP and councillors to your stores, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Political change


    The No vote in the Scottish referendum heralds a new wave of changes across the UK, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Monitoring alcohol policy


    The ACS will fight proposals to restrict the number of alcohol licences in an area, says James Lowman.

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    Understanding the impact


    ACS chief executive James Lowman urges the Department of Health to look at the real evidence when comes to assessing the impact of plain packaging.

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    What communities want


    The overall message of a new ACS report is simple - people want diversity on their high streets, says chief executive James Lowman.

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    Brand new levies


    Mandatory plastic bag charges is one piece of regulation which the ACS is fully supportive of, says chief executive James Lowman.

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    Positive energy


    Convenience store owners are no better placed to deal with energy companies than domestic consumers, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Reducing the strength


    An Ipswich scheme to tackle street drinking has been a success, but clarity is needed to ensure such schemes are rolled out effectively elsewhere, James Lowman argues.

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    Waiting for the Budget


    The Chancellor’s Budget will hold more interest than usual for retailers this year, says James Lowman.

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    Avoiding alcohol duty fraud


    The ACS is stepping up its campaign to tackle alcohol duty fraud.

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    Autumn watch


    The Autumn Financial Statement has become one of the most important days in the political calendar, says James Lowman.

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    Fix a broken system


    The rates system is broken and the onus is on George Osborne to fix it, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Planning ahead


    Maintaining a town centre first planning policy is vital for our high streets, argues James Lowman.