Sunday trading changes threaten small shops and the wholesalers who support them

New rules to allow supermarkets to open longer on Sundays could see many communities losing their local independent shops.

FWD members supply and support about 72,000 food and drink retailers, for many of whom extended opening hours once a week provide a valuable advantage which helps them to survive. These stores are important in ensuring a range of choice for consumers and the vitality of our communities and high streets. They provide invaluable service in rural and remote areas beyond the reach of the national chains.

However, new plans announced as part of the Enterprise Bill to let local councils relax the current restrictions and allow bigger stores to open longer will be hugely detrimental for under-pressure independents.

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