Andrew George pledges continued support for local shops
On Wednesday 23rd November 2011 St Ives MP, Andrew George, met with ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, at the Association of Convenience Stores’ Heart of the Community reception to celebrate the important role that local shops play in the local community.
Heart of the Community is an annual event which brings retailers from across the country face to face with MPs to air their concerns about the future of the sector.
During the event, Andrew George spoke of the work that was being carried out in Parliament to ensure that local shops are at the centre of the economic recovery, chief of which was the need for the swift introduction of a Grocery Code Adjudicator to ensure a level playing field and stop abusive buying practices by supermarkets.
Andrew George MP said: “It’s essential that in our capacity as MPs we support the causes of local shops in Westminster – they really are at the heart of communities and Government must to everything they can to ensure that they succeed in this difficult economic time.”
ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “There are dozens of convenience stores in Andrew George’s constituency so for him to take time to show his support for local shops is encouraging. The small business community is crying out for reassurance that Government cuts and new regulations will not harm small businesses or undermine consumer confidence. Andrew George has been a vocal supporter of local shop causes for a number of years and we look forward to continuing our work with him.”
The event, organised by ACS, brought together local shop owners from across the UK. MPs heard from retailers about their concerns on a range of issues, including the problems facing high streets, planned increases in business rates and tackling under age sales.