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7 May 2021

Pennine Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

7 May 2021

Based at Activate Learning's Bracknell & Wokingham College campus this brand new workshop is the latest addition to their expanding number of Cytech training workshops across the country.

6 May 2021

Maybe* take examples from successful businesses that used social media to flourish despite the pandemic

5 May 2021

The Government has agreed an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which will enable shops to offer cashback to customers without making a purchase.

29 Apr 2021

Armed with research data from Maybe*, a panel of retail industry expertshave collaborated to create this whitepaper with one goal - to help businesses thrive in this new era of uncertainty.

28 Apr 2021

The Bank of England has released free training materials for retailers with the aim of refreshing awareness of how to check banknotes.

28 Apr 2021

ACT members can receive excellent benefits with NearSt, a powerful platform that encouragers more shoppers through the doors of specialist cycle shops

27 Apr 2021

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26 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Welsh Parliamentary elections on 6th May.

23 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 6th May.

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ACS 2021 Crime Report now available

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

IRC member ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has now launched their Crime Report 2021 which is available here. The report found that retail crime has a huge economic impact on local shops, costing £142 million, but also a direct impact on people working in shops from violence and verbal abuse.

The report estimates there were over 40,000 incidents of violence and threats in the sector in the last year. 89% of store colleagues experienced verbal abuse; there were over 1.2million incidents with retailers estimating that 21% of these were hate motivated.

The sector has seen over 1.1million incidents of theft in the last year. Retailers attribute 63% of shop thefts to repeat offenders, with the majority of these motivated by a drug or alcohol addiction. Encountering shop thieves is now followed by customers not following covid guidelines and enforcing age-restrictions as top trigger for violence; duties that shopworkers are required by law to enforce.

The report highlights the significant investments convenience retailers are making to protect their colleagues and customers, spending on average, £3,724 per store on CCTV, security staff and other features to reduce crime and prevent violence.

ACS will use the report to communicate the need for action on retail crime with government officials and parliamentarians, as they continue to call for tougher penalties for assaults on retail workers. The Crime Report also provides evidence for much needed action from Police and Crime Commissioners to prioritise retail crime in their Police and Crime Plans, providing a better response at local level.

Alongside the Crime Report, ACS have also published their Crime Guidance 2021. The guidance includes advice for retailers on how to report violent crime, managing workplace safety, scams and fraud, and information on the ShopKind campaign. The Crime Guidance is available here.

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