Stephen has pledged support for the 126 convenience stores in East Ham at the Association of Convenience Stores’ Heart of the Community reception in Parliament to celebrate the essential 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.
Stephen 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: “Convenience stores are one of the services that have the most positive impact on local high streets, towns and villages, and we welcome the support of Stephen Timms MP for the local shop sector. It is now more important than ever that MPs engage with small businesses in their constituencies, and we look forward to working with Stephen Timms MP in the future.”
The 2017 ACS Local Shop Report shows that there are 49,918 convenience stores in mainland UK making up a sector that is now worth over £38 billion. Local shops are also a vital source of employment, providing jobs for over 370,000 people. Local shop owners are some of the hardest working people in the UK – 20% of shop owners work more than 70 hours per week on average, and 19% take no holiday at all throughout the year.
For more information about ACS and the Local Shop Report 2017, visit: http://www.acs.org.uk/.