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Support for Convenience Stores

Organisations you might find useful
As a business owner, some days you can feel on top of your game and on other days it can seem as though the whole world is weighing heavily on your shoulders. However, you’re not alone – there are loads of groups who aim to help retailers and small business owners navigate their way through business challenges – but who are they, what help do they offer and how do you contact them?

We understand the pressures that you face, raising finance, paying bills, keeping stocked as well as managing staff and keeping your customers satisfied. We’ve created a guide to help you find the right group to match your needs.

Click the organisation names to visit their websites.

Association of Convenience Stores ACS

The ACS gives a voice to retailers. Their core purpose is to engage with Government on the issues that make a difference to local shops. The undertake research to discover information about the convenience sector to inform decision making both in Government on behalf of the sector. They organise events and provide information that you could find useful in making business plans and to help you stay on top of new legislation.

Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN/The Fed)

Membership with The Fed gives you several benefits, existing to give you the ability to compete effectively in today’s market. They offer practical help, commercial support and exclusive deals. Plus members get access to free legal advice and member credit union, supplier lists, factsheets and information and lots more.

Advertising Standards Agency

Offer advice on what is permitted and not permitted in advertising – useful for those stores who run their own personalised ads on their MediaMaster screens.


ACAS gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. We also offer training and help to resolve disputes.

Federation of Small Businesses

Offers training, advice, and networking for small businesses. Members also benefit from special offers, insurance deals, training and legal cover.


Business networking Members get access to all online networking meetings running 6 days a week, from 8am – 8pm, plus access to the Facebook group.

The Business Network

Provides business owners with an effective and focussed environment to do business.

British Sandwich & Food to Go Association

The association represents businesses where sandwiches form a core part of the ‘Food To Go’ offer.

British Independent Retailers Association

Bira supports all types of retailers offers preferential rates to members benefits across: sales & marketing, product buying, legal & employment (advice, training and pensions).

MINT Business Club

A membership club for solo and micro business owners who want to keep learning, keep growing and be part of a community of people who just ‘get it’. Offers training, growth and development.

Grocery Aid

Offers support for anyone working in any part of the industry - manufacturing, supermarkets, independents, wholesalers, distribution, sales and all support functions. GroceryAid’s free and confidential Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, providing a professional and confidential service (financial, emotional or practical help) within seconds to all grocery colleagues and their spouse/partner and dependents over 18. They offer a translation service with access to over 200 languages, making it accessible to everyone.

The Athena Network

A networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs.


Meet up is for everyone, whether you’re looking for social contact or business ones – have a look in the small business section of the site to see if there are groups running near you – works best for those in large cities.

Scottish Business Network

Over 8,000 members spread across five continents. It organises events both in Scotland as well as globally and is connected to key Scottish business agencies such as The Scottish Govtech Cluster and Scotland House in London.

Women in Business Network

A membership organisation and forum for women who wish to gain new business opportunities through word of mouth.

Save The High Street

A free-to-join organisation with various benefits including: early insight into campaigns, PR opportunities and access to research.


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