Business Regulation

In the high volume, low margin wholesale model, increases in operating costs cannot easily be absorbed and can result in increased costs in the food and drink supply chain.


FWD makes the case to the government and regulators for better regulation of businesses in this sector and for it to be necessary, effective and proportionate.

August 2020

Sunday Trading

The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy is continuing to review Sunday trading rules, looking at a range of options for change and seeking evidence and stakeholder views. Informal consulta- tion by BEIS this month centred on:

  • Average store queueing time before, during and after lockdown
  • Footfall data by day of the week and hour of the day
  • Social distancing rules reducing your available in-store capacity for both a 2m and 1m+ rule
  • Average “occupancy levels” of stores by day of the week and hour of the day
  • Types and levels of expected cost from implementing a change to opening hours
  • Expected benefits of extending Sunday opening hours, in particular net effects on sales, employment,

    and supporting key workers and vulnerable customers

    FWD will continue to work with the Keep Sunday Special campaign to lobby against any changes to Sun- day Trading regulations.