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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.
The ACS has put forward its proposals for making business rates for small stores fairer, writes James Lowman.
What will a majority Conservative government mean for the sector, asks James Lowman.
We can expect policy developments on key issues after the election, regardless of who’s in power, says James Lowman.
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.
The chancellor is doing the right thing in reviewing business rates, but now the real work starts, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.
The government must commit to reforming the business rates system, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.
Invite your MP and councillors to your stores, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.
The No vote in the Scottish referendum heralds a new wave of changes across the UK, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.
The ACS will fight proposals to restrict the number of alcohol licences in an area, says James Lowman.
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.
The overall message of a new ACS report is simple - people want diversity on their high streets, says chief executive James Lowman.
Mandatory plastic bag charges is one piece of regulation which the ACS is fully supportive of, says chief executive James Lowman.
Convenience store owners are no better placed to deal with energy companies than domestic consumers, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.
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.
The Chancellor’s Budget will hold more interest than usual for retailers this year, says James Lowman.
The ACS is stepping up its campaign to tackle alcohol duty fraud.
The Autumn Financial Statement has become one of the most important days in the political calendar, says James Lowman.
The rates system is broken and the onus is on George Osborne to fix it, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.
Maintaining a town centre first planning policy is vital for our high streets, argues James Lowman.
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