ACS prides itself on being an authoritative voice on the retail sector to Government. To further this aim, we have invested in a number of significant research projects to find out more about the retailers who make up our membership.
The first of these projects is the Voice of Local Shops Survey, which is a quarterly tracker that aims to get to the heart of how retailers feel about their prospects in the coming year, their experiences of crime and what they believe are the biggest barriers to growth for their store.
We have also started an annual project to find out more about the people who run convenience stores. The project, called the Local Shop Report, looks at the number of jobs in the sector, the number of stores in the UK and takes an in-depth look at the background of convenience store owners.
Our third project in 2012 was the Local Services: Happy Places report, which takes a detailed look at the links between the happiness of communities and the shops and services within a ten minute walk of their homes.
This section of the website is also home to our annual surveys on Crime and the National Minimum Wage. All responses to our surveys are very much appreciated, as they strengthen our position as the voice of local shops.