James Lowman, Association of Convenience Stores

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James Lowman, Association of Convenience Stores
James Lowman
ACS Chief Executive
Helping local shops stay open for business
About ACS
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Formed in 1995
33,500 shops in Membership
Buying Groups, Symbol Groups, Multiples Convenience Stores,
Independents
Premier Club of Suppliers
Lobby group for sector
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Members of UGAL for EU lobbying
Providing advice for Members
Offering networking opportunities
Website: ACS.org.uk
Twitter: @ACS_Localshops
• @JMLowman
33,500 members
Shops
Scotland: 1 shop per 973 people
Wales: 1 shop per 998 people
London: 1 shop per 1,279 people
Eastern: 1 shop per 1,372 people
Shop Ownership
Jobs
Engagement
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Context
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Proportion
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Education
Engagement
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Trading Places
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Community Alcohol Partnerships
Consistency
Small Business
Compliance
Primary Authority
Sharing Good
Protocols
Codes (eg BRDO)
Set Standards With
Business
Government
Guidance/Regulations
Common Approach
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Certainty
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Avoid duplication of effort and private & public cost
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Attains required standard
Consistency
Small Business
Compliance
Primary Authority
Sharing Good
Protocols
Codes (eg BRDO)
Set Standards With
Business
Government
Guidance/Regulations
Sharing Good Protocols
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Positive approach on test purchasing
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Sharing outcome with retailer: pass or fail
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Fair and robust standards
Sharing Good Protocols
Local Policies
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Should be locally-driven and vary
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Should be developed through wider consultation
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May not be consistent
Local Policies
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CIPs, late night levy, EMROs
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Planning approach
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Inventive use of business rates relief
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Parking and accessibility policies
Local Policies
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Challenge to engage other businesses
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Challenge to engage other agencies
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Relationships built through good enforcement to help create good policies
Thank you