The DTI is consulting with retailers and other interested parties between now and 14 April to discuss Sunday trading. It is important that independent traders and the associations that represent their interests become engaged in the debate.
Small traders (operating on a floor area of less than 3,000 square feet) who currently benefit from unrestricted Sunday trading may be disadvantaged if the law is relaxed to enable larger stores to open for longer than is currently permitted.
There are also issues for larger stores to consider. Do they want to open longer hours and take on the burden of paying extra wages and deciding who works and who doesn’t? Will opening longer on Sunday actually make a difference to the weekly takings? Will people spend more or will they just take longer to spend the same? If the rules are relaxed and you choose not to open will you lose business to your competitors?
Join the debate. More details of the plans for change, together with the full consultation document can be found at http://www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/sunday_trading.htm
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