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ACS chief executive James Lowman said the course would take students’ ‘skills and knowledge to the next level’

The Association of Convenience Stores has launched the first-ever convenience retail diploma in partnership with the University of Surrey.

Aimed at retail and wholesale area managers, sales specialists in fmcg companies, independent retailers and consultants with a keen interest in the sector, the course will run from January to June 2020.

ACS members will receive a discounted rate of £4,995, with premier club and retail members charged £3,495 instead of the standard price of £7,500.

Students will study nine modules including store management, delivering value in convenience retailing and analysing the factors affecting the sector. They will also attend key ACS events such as the Technology Showcase and Summit.

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“Surrey Business School is one of the top institutions of its kind in the UK, and we are delighted to partner with them to be able to offer this diploma,” said ACS chief executive James Lowman. “Convenience retailing is one of the most dynamic, innovative and fast-moving sectors in the UK and has never been more relevant to the lives of consumers, so this course is a great way for anyone involved in the sector to take their skills and knowledge to the next level.”

Bestway chief retail officer Andy Cresswell said the course was a great opportunity for managers in retail, wholesale and supplier businesses to see the bigger picture of technological and consumer trends and how to drive success.