James Davies MP Pledges Support for Local Shops

On Tuesday 13th October, James Davies MP met with convenience store retailers representing over 16,000 stores at the Association of Convenience Stores’ Heart of the Community Parliamentary Reception to celebrate the important role that local shops play in our communities.

ACS Heart of the Community is an annual event which brings together retailers from across the country with MPs to voice their concerns about the future of the sector.

Suggested quote: James Davies said: “Local shops provide essential goods and services in our communities and it is vital that all MPs show support for these retailers both in Westminster and the local area. These stores really are at the heart of our communities and the Government must do everything they can to ensure that they succeed during this difficult economic time.”

ACS chief executive, James Lowman said: “We welcome the support of James Davies MP in recognising the importance of the 69 convenience stores and the 546 jobs they provide in Vale of Clwyd. Businesses face many competing challenges, from rising business rates and energy bills to increasing pressure from competitors. It is now more important than ever that MPs engage with their local small business community, and work to ensure Government cuts and new regulations will not harm small business or undermine consumer confidence.”

The ACS Local Shop Report 2015 revealed that there are 51,524 convenience stores in mainland UK making up a sector that is now worth £37.7billion, a growth of 5% on 2014. Local shops are a vital source of employment – nationally, the convenience store sector provides jobs for over 407,000 people. Local shop owners are some of the hardest working people in the UK – 25% of shop owners work more than 70 hours per week on average, and 20% take no holiday at all throughout the year.

For more information about ACS and the Local Shop Report 2015, visit: http://www.acs.org.uk/.

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