The Association of Convenience Stores will lobby the new government to help small shop owners reduce costs, fight retail crime and operate in a fair business environment.

Speaking at the 2010 ACS Summit held this week in Birmingham, chief executive James Lowman said that as soon as the election result was announced, the ACS would contact the new government with its views on those key issues, as well as the tobacco display ban and retail planning.

"It's not about what colour the new government is," he said. "It's about the specific actions they will take that will help or harm our ability to do business. In the election campaign we have been delighted by the amount of support for the local shop. The challenge we will lay down is for politicians to match the rhetoric with action."

Lowman also urged retailers to make contact with their local MPs as soon as possible.