Lo­cal MP backs re­tailer sup­port group

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY TAM­SIN GRAY

A north-east MP has backed a na­tional cam­paign to sup­port lo­cal re­tail­ers amid the clo­sure of con­ve­nience stores.

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid is back­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion of Con­ve­nience Stores’ ef­fort to stay lo­cal, and help ru­ral ar­eas fight the loss of cash ma­chines.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion won cross-party ap­proval at West­min­ster for the My Lo­cal Shop ini­tia­tive af­ter their lat­est re­port re­vealed there are more than 46,000 lo­cal stores in the UK em­ploy­ing 405,000 peo­ple.

De­spite lat­est ACS fig­ures claim­ing these

“Some con­ve­nience stores now pro­vide post of­fice ser­vices”

stores gen­er­ated sales of £40.3 bil­lion last year, small re­tail­ers strug­gle with the cost and cus­tomer ac­cess to cash ma­chines has also had an im­pact.

Mr Duguid said: “There are small shops all across Banff and Buchan – many of which are the only avail­able store in smaller com­mu­ni­ties and vil­lages.

“These out­lets play an im­por­tant role in the com­mu­nity.

“Some con­ve­nience stores now pro­vide post of­fice ser­vices and cash points in ar­eas where there are no longer banks.

“It is im­por­tant that all lev­els of govern­ment sup­port our lo­cal re­tail­ers as it can be very chal­leng­ing run­ning a small shop due to the high cost of do­ing busi­ness.

“I know of at least one shop owner who has since con­tacted me to seek sup­port, and I will be more than happy to meet any lo­cal re­tailer in the con­stituency.”

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