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ACS welcomes election promises on business rates

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed commitments from all the major political parties in England and Wales to reform the business rates system.

ACS calls on Ofgem to include local shops in proposals to limit back-billing

ACS has called on energy regulator Ofgem to ensure that local shops and other small businesses are included in proposals to limit back-billing of electricity and gas. Currently, suppliers have signed up to voluntary agreements to only back-bill domestic consumers for a maximum of 12 months. Ofgem is looking at whether to introduce licence obligations for suppliers, due to the regulator stating that: “We are not confident that the principle is being applied consistently across the market and are concerned that not all suppliers have appropriate back-billing arrangements in place.”

Shoplifting on the rise, says ONS

An 8% rise in recorded shoplifting incidents has been revealed in the latest figures released by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the year ending December 2016 in England and Wales.

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ACS chief sets out its priorities for election at Summit17

The Association of Convenience Stores has set out its priorities for government ahead of the election on June 8 and called on the sector to get involved to promote the work being done by convenience store owners and their staff in communities.

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One month to plain packaging warns ACS

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reminded retailers there is just one month to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive come into force.

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ACS gears up for general election

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has outlined issues it would like to see addressed in political parties’ manifestoes, after Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to hold a General Election on June 8.

James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

Since the publication of the revised business rate valuations late last year, a range of business groups including ACS have been campaigning to ensure that those hardest hit by the revaluation will be given appropriate relief, and that beyond the revaluation, the rating system will be reviewed so that everyone pays their fair share. This inequity in the rating system was highlighted when it was revealed that while petrol forecourts are seeing their bills rise, some of the biggest internet distribution warehouses are set to see a fall in their rateable values.

Bids invited for £490m road improvement fund

The Department for Transport has told counties across England they can bid for a share of £490m to improve their roads.

Retail groups condemn deposit return plan

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) have called for plans to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) to be scrapped after conducting research into the impact of a scheme with both consumers and retailers.

ACS criticises calls for alcohol restrictions

The Association of Convenience Stores has responded to the publication of a House of Lords Committee Review into the Licensing Act, raising concerns about recommendations made on alcohol promotions and licensing fees.

National living wage hitting smaller businesses

Smaller businesses have been disproportionately affected by the national living wage in the past year, compared with their larger counterparts, according to an assessment by the Low Pay Commission.

Retailers urged to check alcohol suppliers

From April 1 retailers that purchase alcohol from a UK wholesaler will need to ensure they have been approved by HMRC.

Banks urged to give retailers better service

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has given evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking, detailing the issues faced by convenience retailers when dealing with banks.

ACS renews partnership with Crimestoppers

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping staff and customers safe in local shops with the renewal of its partnership with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

ACS slams muddled business rates response

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the government to clarify its position on business rates appeals, after it published its response to a consultation on business rate reforms.

Cost of c-store crime in 2016 estimated at £232m

Crimes against convenience retailers are estimated to have cost £232m last year, according to the Association of Convenience Stores’ Crime Report 2017.

Warning over deadline for alcohol registration scheme

Retailers are being warned there is just one month to go until the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) will require them to check that their wholesalers are approved by HMRC by checking the Unique Reference Number (URN) on their invoices.

Retailers urged to prepare for new £1 coin

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is encouraging retailers to ensure that their stores are ready for the introduction of the new £1 coin on March 28.

House of Lords debates parking changes

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has briefed peers ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on a new Bill which would require local authorities to consult with community stakeholders before putting up parking charges in their area.

New national forecourt crime initiative launched

The Home Office, fuel retailers and police have come together to tackle the £36m annual cost of fuel theft on the UK’s petrol forecourts.

ACS warning over local authority Bill

The Government has been urged to ensure that plans to allow local authorities to keep 100% of their rates revenue are delivered in a way that promotes growth in all types of business.

Shop lifting at record levels

Shop lifting is at its highest reported level since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003.

Industrial strategy green paper welcomed

The Government’s Green Paper on Industrial Strategy has been welcomed by the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

ACS calls for greater support for rural shops

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the government to help secure the future of the UK's 19,128 rural shops and petrol stations in a new report.

ACS urges rethink on digital tax reporting

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, which calls on the Government to delay the implementation of mandatory digital tax reporting.

ACS issues advice over snow clearing

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has advised retailers to follow the Department for Transport’s Snow Code when moving snow and ice outside their stores.

James Lowman: ACS chief executive

As we build up to the new financial year starting in April when businesses in England and Wales will start paying rates based on the latest revaluation, there's been a lot in the papers about business rates. While a lot of the media coverage talks about the pounds and pence increases, the underlying issue remains that two years ago, the government committed to undertaking a fundamental review of business rates and we're yet to see a clear conclusion to it.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 17 April 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.7367.90128.72118.72
East Midlands119.95131.24118.34
London120.8753.90129.98119.12
North East119.40130.73117.21
North West120.01128.97118.13
Northern Ireland119.1063.50117.39
Scotland119.90126.33117.67
South East121.0958.50129.83119.18
South West120.38128.30118.45
Wales119.75125.03118.03
West Midlands120.3661.57130.37118.53
Yorkshire & Humber119.72129.97118.08

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