On Tuesday 21st October, George Young MP met with local retailer Chris Mitchener at the Association of Convenience Stores’ Heart of the Community reception to celebrate the important role that local shops play in our communities.
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.
“Local shops such as Swan Street Stores provide essential goods and services in our communities and it is vital that MPs show support for these retailers both in Westminster and the local area – they really are at the heart of communities and Government must to everything they can to ensure that they succeed during this difficult economic time.”
"Wyn Morgan, who runs the shop, is a great character and key to its popularity."
ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “We welcome the support of George Young MP in recognising the importance of the 78 convenience stores and the services and jobs they provide in North West Hampshire. Businesses face many competing challenges, from rising 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 latest ACS Local Shop Report has shown that overall, convenience stores in North West Hampshire employ over 593 people of all age groups and with a variety of care commitments.
Chris Noice, Head of Communications and Research
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Notes to Editors
1. ACS (Association of Convenience Stores) is the voice of local shops, representing over 33,500 convenience stores. ACS helps local shops thrive through lobbying, support and networking opportunities.