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11 Dec 2019

The Strava "Year in Sport" report was published on Wednesday and released various statitstics about cyclists across the UK

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Sustrans have recently announced a new software which will help to make cycling convenient and accessible to more people.

10 Dec 2019

Cycling UK are putting forward another push to encourage the UK to walk and cycle more for the sake of the oceans.

5 Dec 2019

The ActSmart office will be open as usual (9am-5:15pm) for the majority of the Christmas period

5 Dec 2019

A christmas advert made by an independent hardware shop has become exceedingly popular across the UK within a matter of days

3 Dec 2019

Ahead of the 2019 General Election ACS have summarised how each of the main Political Party's manifesto will affect local shops

27 Nov 2019

This year's winner of the annual Cyclist Café of the Year awards, orgnaised by Cycling UK, has been annouced today!

25 Nov 2019

Help get more people on bikes... and into your shop!

25 Nov 2019

Ahead of the December 2019 General Election, the ACT have provided a brief summary of each major political party's policies that could affect cycling.

25 Nov 2019

IRC member ACS is calling on convenience store retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months in their 2020 Crime Survey.

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IRC member ACS Briefs Election Candidates

Posted on in Business News , Political News

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is the voice of over 33,500 local shops consisting of a diverse range of convenience store retailers; they support their members through effective lobbying, comprehensive advice and innovative networking opportunities.

ACS has now briefed all prospective parliamentary candidates on the policy issues that affect local shops and invited them to engage with local shops during the election campaign.

ACS has set out that local shops will need support with rising employment costs, reform of the business rates system to incentivise investment, support with delivering essential services like Post Offices and ATMs and investment in policing and the justice system to reduce violence against shop staff.

During the campaign, ACS will be supporting retailers to host store visits with candidates in their constituency, to raise the issues that affect their stores colleagues and the day to day running of their business.

The list that ACS have put together includes:

  • Increase Small Business Rate Relief thresholds and reform the business rates system to incentivise investment.
  • Increase the Employment Allowance to offset rising employment costs.
  • Maintain access to banking services and cash in local communities.
  • Address the rising levels of business crime in local police and crime plans.
  • Assess and account for the impact of new regulatory interventions on small shops.
  • Level the playing field on tax and regulatory issues between online and high street businesses.

ACS are a member of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), along with a host of other organisations that support independent retailers, such as The ACT and ActSmart. These organisations work together to create initiatives such as the Best Small Shops competition, which champions independent retailers.

For more information on running a store visit see ACS' store visit video here. You can listen to the ACS Team discussing what to expect during the election on the Local Shop Podcast here.

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