Welsh parliament cements commitment to supporting local shops

The cross-party group on small shops met to explore how small shops are contributing to the delivery of the strategy to regenerate the retail sector in Wales.

The meeting was chaired by Vikki Howells MS (member of the Senedd) and attended by a number of MSs and independent retail trade associations.

Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) government relations director Edward Woodall highlighted the vital role local shops play in communities across Wales and to the Welsh economy, outlining the issues that these businesses are currently facing, including rising energy bills and employment costs.

He said: “Local shops are playing a key role in helping customers try and manage their money as they navigate the cost of living crisis.

“By shopping in local shops, consumers are shopping little and often, using a range of services in one place, and saving money on fuel by walking to stores.

“Convenience retailers are committed to helping their communities through the cost-of-living crisis despite the ongoing cost-of-trading crisis they are facing.

“We will continue to engage with the Welsh government on their retail vision to help shape the action plan to ensure it reflects the issues faced by local shops in Wales.”

Welsh parliamentarians say the strategic vision will be backed up with an action plan in the coming months.