The Association of Convenience Stores is seeing a flood of new members following its shake-up of services under new retail services manager Miles Harvey. According to the ACS, 35 independent retailers have joined acsdirect ­ the stream for independent ACS members ­ in the past three weeks. An ACS spokesman explained: "This is a direct result of recent investment. The ACS had offered some retail services for its members, but it took off under Miles. He joined in January and hit the ground running. He has helped increase our presence at trade shows so retailers were more aware of our services and understood the value of our public affairs work." He said ACS' Lifelong Learning training programme and the deal with Natwest Streamline offering competitive credit card charges for members were examples of services which had been developed over the last year. Interbrew joined the ACS Premier Club for supportive manufacturers in April. Motorway services chain Gold Star Extra became a retail member on May 1 and forecourt operator the Park Garage Group has signed up as a multiple member. {{NEWS }}