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ACS calls for incentives for petrol stations to install EV chargers

Petrol stations at strategic points in the UK should be incentivised to invest in electric car (EC) charging, according to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Welsh c-store owners invested £49m in businesses in past year

Convenience stores in Wales have invested over £49m in improving their businesses over the last year, according to new figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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LINK condemned for cutting ATM fee

The Association of Convenience Stores has condemned a move from LINK, which has today confirmed that it will reduce the interchange fee for card transactions by 5p over the next four years.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Crime survey reports rising levels of shop theft

The Crime Survey for England and Wales has been published by the Office for National Statistics, showing rising shop theft on the convenience sector.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls for transparency in Welsh rates consultation

ACS has responded to the Welsh Government consultation on reforming the business rates appeals system, calling for greater transparency for the data used to arrive at valuations and warning against repeating the new Check, Challenge, Appeal appeals system in England.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes extension of plastic bag charge to small shops

The government’s decision to extend the 5p charge on single use plastic carrier bags to all retailers in England has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores.

ACS chief executive James Lowman

ACS teams with PayPoint to deliver Assured Advice

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has announced a new partnership with PayPoint to make its Assured Advice programme available to all retailers via their PayPoint One platform.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes rate relief scheme from Welsh government

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the announcement of a permanent small business rate relief scheme and the extension of extra support for high street retailers in Wales.

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ACS raises concerns over impact of new tobacco regulations

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has written to Exchequer Secretary Andrew Jones MP, raising concerns about the impact of upcoming tobacco track and trace regulations on retailers.

Budget: ACS cautiously welcomes rates changes

The ACS has welcomed the introduction of more frequent business rates revaluations announced in today’s Autumn Budget, but only if this doesn’t place more burdens on retailers to assess and relay information on their properties to the Government.

ACS calls on retailers to take part in crime survey

ACS is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the past 12 months as part of the association's Crime Survey 2018.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls on government to act over rate relief delays

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Government to take further action to ensure that local authorities distribute rate relief properly, after it was revealed that more than 100 authorities were yet to issue amended bills to businesses.

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ACS welcomes decision to drop tobacco licensing

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed the government’s decision not to progress with plans to introduce a tobacco licensing scheme for retailers, following a consultation last year.

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Official statistics show fall in shops selling tobacco to children

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed figures released by the Office of National Statistics which show a decline in the percentage of young people that get cigarettes from retailers.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS warns over proposal to cut operators’ ATM income

Proposals to cut the fees paid to ATM operators could impact local shops and reduce the number of free ATMs, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has warned.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls for targeted action on illicit tobacco and alcohol

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to the publication of HM Revenue and Customs’ report on the prevalence of illicit alcohol and tobacco in the UK, calling for targeted action at a local level to reduce the impact of the illicit trade on responsible retailers.

ACS joins business groups in call for action on 'damaging increase' in business rates

The Association of Convenience Stores has joined other business groups in calling for urgent action to address the problems with the business rates system.

ACS warns on impact of plastic bottle recycling scheme

The Association of Convenience Stores has given evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee, raising concerns about the practicality, cost and effectiveness of a deposit return scheme in the UK.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Minister reveals local shop support plans at ACS conference

High streets minister Jake Berry has set out the Government’s plans to support local shops in an address to the annual ACS Heart of the Community Conference in London.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS report shows importance of forecourts

New research from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has shown the essential contribution that the UK's petrol forecourts make to the economy, to working people, and to communities.

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ACS raises concerns over new tobacco directive for the EU

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has raised concerns about the costs and administrative burdens that new Track and Trace proposals on tobacco could have on the convenience sector.

Jonathan James joins TLM Technologies' board

TLM Technologies has recruited former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James to join its board as a non-executive director.

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.

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 retail fuel prices: 19 February 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East124.25131.40121.51
East Midlands123.31131.42120.42
London123.68131.62121.32
North East122.66132.61119.81
North West123.1062.40130.04120.38
Northern Ireland122.5969.90128.90120.71
Scotland123.6452.70128.72120.42
South East124.0061.30132.15121.67
South West123.80131.55120.81
Wales123.0952.70129.85120.31
West Midlands122.56132.56120.01
Yorkshire & Humber122.5561.90131.42119.82

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