All articles by James Lowman

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    Opinion

    Maintaining the momentum in 2021 will be crucial

    2020-12-29T14:08:00Z

    As we move into 2021, James Lowman of the Association of Convenience Stores stresses the importance of building on the progress made in 2020.

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    Opinion

    The Spending Review and what it means for convenience

    2020-11-27T12:25:00Z

    The government’s Spending Review 2020 had some interesting repercussions for retailers. James Lowman of the Association of Convenience Stores outlined its impact.

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    Opinion

    How convenience can emerge from coronavirus even stronger

    2020-09-23T11:26:00Z

    What have been the key learnings from the first six months of the pandemic and what’s next? James Lowman of the ACS looks at the positives.

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    Opinion

    Support is available for face mask concerns

    2020-07-28T15:04:00Z

    Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman discusses the support for retailers concerned about face mask legislation.

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    Fighting back against Sunday trading regulation relaxation

    2020-06-19T19:54:00Z

    As talk of relaxing Sunday trading regulations comes up again, Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman urges a united front on the issue.

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    Opinion

    Support in testing times

    2020-04-02T12:50:00Z

    James Lowman outlines the work the ACS is doing to support local stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Opinion

    A cost-neutral scheme for plastic

    2020-03-05T14:26:00Z

    The Environment Bill, which first made an appearance in the Queen’s Speech, made its long-awaited return to Parliament at the start of this year and more recently had its Second Reading, writes James Lowman of ACS.

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    Opinion

    Budget priorities

    2020-02-06T10:12:00Z

    Backed by a proper majority in Parliament, the Budget on 11 March marks the perfect opportunity for the Chancellor to set out a longer term agenda for the country, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

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    Opinion

    Protecting shoppers’ access to cash

    2019-12-13T16:34:00Z

    The ACS is campaigning to protect consumers’ access to cash.

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    Opinion

    General Election priorities

    2019-11-13T09:53:00Z

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

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    Opinion

    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.

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    Opinion

    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.

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    Opinion

    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.

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    Opinion

    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.

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    Opinion

    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.

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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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    Opinion

    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.

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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.