General Election

C-store retailers urged to engage with General Election

ACS chief executive James Lowman issued a rallying call at the group’s annual Summit 

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C-store retailers highlight General Election priorities

19 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

Convenience store operators have highlighted key issues they want the new government to resolve after the General Election on 8 June.

Westminster Parliament

General Election: Don't use NLW as bargaining tool, warns ACS

18 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged political parties not to use the minimum wage as a bargaining tool ahead of the surprise General Election on 8 June.

Bottle Tops

Government considering launch of bottle deposit return scheme

12 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

The government is mulling the launch of a deposit return scheme for bottles and cans despite an outcry from convenience stores all over the UK.

business rates

Rate relief must be delivered quickly to retailers, says ACS

11 Apr 2017 | By Simon Banks

The ACS has urged the government to ensure councils are given full discretion over the business rates relief fund, and called for decisions to be made quickly.

Bottle Tops

SGF's "war of attrition" over bottle deposit scheme

06 Apr 2017 Updated: 07 Apr 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Scottish Grocers Federation has likened its ongoing dispute with the Scottish government over a bottle deposit return scheme to the “war of attrition” portrayed in classic HBO Series The Wire.


ACS slams recommendations on in-store alcohol restrictions

05 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has slammed recommendations for restrictions on alcohol promotions and siting in-store.

Staff living wage

National Living Wage hits smaller businesses harder, LPC admits

31 Mar 2017 | By Andrew Don

The National Living Wage (NLW) may have had a disproportionate effect on convenience stores and other micro and small businesses, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) has admitted.

Post Office

Horizon 'victims' get green light to pursue legal action

28 Mar 2017 | By David Rees

Representatives of subpostmasters who have lost funds or their businesses due to accounting discrepancies have been given the green light to pursue a legal claim against Post Office Limited.


Ministers urged to take action on discounting of unhealthy foods

27 Mar 2017 | By Robin Mannering

MPs have called on the government to do more to restrict deep discounting and price promotions on the sale of unhealthy food and drink.

Spar North Hill

South West Spar multiple tops Serve Legal audit

23 Mar 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Gillett’s Callington, the South West Spar multiple, has come out top in mainland England in a recent audit from Serve Legal.


HMRC dismisses calls to delay Making Tax Digital

21 Mar 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Association of Convenience Stores’ pleas for more time before convenience retailers are forced to comply with the government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme have landed on receptive ears.

Lifestyle Express Vitesse

More than 180,000 products reformulated in 2016

14 Mar 2017

More than 180,000 consumer products were reformulated globally in 2016, with sugar and sodium the most targeted ingredients for removal among food and drinks companies, according to new research.


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Donna Mullan

Onwards and upwards!

20 Apr 2017 | By Donna Mullan

Donna Mullan, co-owner of Mullan’s Spar in Armagh, describes the impact of winning CRA 2017.

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