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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.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS warns over bottle deposit impact after minister's speech

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove’s announcement of a new call for evidence on bottle deposit return schemes, urging the Government to consider the negative impact that such schemes would have on the convenience sector.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS welcomes findings of new report on recycling

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed a new report from recycling and waste management company Viridor which highlights the need for a more consistent approach to recycling from local councils.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Minister's intervention over rate relief welcomed by ACS

A local government minister’s intervention to speed up the process of rebilling businesses that are waiting for rate relief has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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ACS warning over proposed EU tobacco regulations

Concerns about the complexity of proposals to track the progress of legitimate tobacco products through the supply chain have been raised by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Number of jobs in UK convenience store sector falls

The number of jobs in the UK convenience store sector has fallen for the second consecutive year, as retailers are forced to adapt to cost increases in their businesses, according to the ACS.

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.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS and SGF welcome proposals for Scottish business rates

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) have welcomed recommendations on making the business rates system in Scotland fairer for retailers, especially those looking to invest or expand their property.

ACS CEO James Lowman

ACS repeats call for carrier bag charge to apply to all stores

The Association of Convenience Store (ACS) has again called on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to include all stores in England in the 5p carrier bag charge.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Post offices and c-stores top survey of favourite shops

Post Offices and convenience stores are the nation’s favourite high street shops and services for the third year running, according to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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MPs call for tighter restrictions than in Air Quality Plan

A cross party group of MPs and Lords have called on the Government to adopt stronger proposals on air quality than the ones it outlined earlier this week.

ACS calls for stronger sanctions on illicit trade

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to the publication of the Government’s new Tobacco Strategy, calling for more powers to tackle the illicit trade locally in addition to the national measures set out in the document.

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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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East122.9762.90129.22120.30
East Midlands122.51131.19120.13
London123.0159.23131.32120.49
North East122.2163.40130.26120.15
North West122.3953.80130.05119.91
Northern Ireland121.09125.70118.82
Scotland122.68128.95119.79
South East123.2069.90130.92120.88
South West122.77128.85120.30
Wales122.4253.90128.26119.82
West Midlands122.0958.90130.41119.94
Yorkshire & Humber122.3453.70132.45119.99

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