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James Lowman

James Lowman
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Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores
You can make a case for discretionary rate relief

You can make a case for discretionary rate relief

Over the next few weeks, thousands of businesses will start to receive updated business rates bills that account for the discounts, such as small...
How do locals rate your convenience store against competition?

How do locals rate your convenience store against your competition?

We hear about convenience stores operating at the ‘heart of the community’ a great deal – just go over recent issues of the trade...
deposit return scheme

Deposit return schemes is an important debate – not just for our sector, but...

The Scottish government recently announced its intention to look more closely into the feasibility of a deposit return scheme, commissioning research to look at...
Election

Regardless of the Election result, employment costs will rise

Whoever it is that forms a Government after today's General Election, one thing is certain – employment costs will be going up in that...
Find out what your local MP will do for convenience retailers

Now is the time to find out how MPs will help convenience retailers

As we enter the height of election season, the day-to-day business of Government is put on pause, but this doesn’t mean our work as...
Why the ACS is fighting against bottle deposit scheme

ACS: We will continue to make a case for bottle deposit scheme to be...

Over recent weeks, there has been a growing interest in each of the administrations of England, Scotland and Wales about deposit return schemes for...
Retailers need a fair deal on business rates

Independent retailers deserve a fair deal on business rates

On Budget day, all eyes were on the Chancellor to see what action he would take to mitigate the impact of the business rates...

Business rates and illicit trade top ACS agenda ahead of Budget

Last week, we submitted our recommendations to the Treasury ahead of what will be the final Spring Budget before the political event moves to...
ACS Rural Shop Report

Rural Shop Report: ‘They provide a crucial service and must be supported’

Today, we launched the first edition of our Rural Shop Report, highlighting the essential service that the UK’s more than 19,000 rural shops provide...
NFSP post office

Government needs to help convenience stores offer post office services

Look back at the high street 30 years ago and you’ll find plenty of specialist stores like butchers, off-licences, bakeries and post offices providing...