The Association of Convenience Stores has clinched a deal with the Cooperative Bank to provide exclusive banking terms for its acs direct independent members. Clarity Business Banking is available now and includes discounts on arranging loans of up to £500,000 and a year's free use of electronic banking services. It will also allow acs direct members to use over 19,000 Post Offices for bank services. Co-operative Bank marketing manager Rob Heaton said: "Many smaller retailers feel they are unnecessarily penalised when it comes to banking charges and availability of finance. By putting together a purpose-built package, The Co-operative Bank will provide extra support for a very important retail sector." {{NEWS }}