The Association of Convenience Stores is to enlarge its Voice of Local Shops Survey following a year-long trial.

The quarterly survey, based on the views of 200 c-store retailers, will now be extended to 1,100 across Scotland, Wales and nine English regions. It will gauge if they plan to invest in jobs or business expansion, as well as views on crime and community relations.

“Independent retailers’ opinions matter. How these everyday entrepreneurs are feeling about their business is a valuable indicator for the economic prospects and the health of our communities, yet these are opinions that are often not heard, especially in Whitehall and Fleet Street,” “Voice of Local Shops has already proved to be influential with politicians and national media and our new investment will provide an opportunity to provide a richer picture of how experiences are varying around the UK,” ACS CEO James Lowman will tell the ACS Summit 13 in Birmingham next week.