David Lepper, Labour and Co-operative MP for Brighton Pavilion, has called for a moratorium on any new mergers in the supermarket sector. The plea comes from the All Party Small Shops Group of which David is a member.
The Group recently published a report ‘High Street Britain 2015’ which highlighted the need for a regulator to ensure a level playing field for small independent traders facing growing competition from multiple giants such as Tescos and Sainsburys.
David Lepper says, "From my discussion with traders, especially in the Lanes and North Laine, I know how difficult it is for many of them to survive, especially when major multiples moving into an area can force up rents.
"Supermarkets have their place, but now they are also moving into the non-food and the convenience store sector we are seeing their dominance increase. The success of Brighton and Hove as shopping centre depends on the continuing vitality of its independent traders as well as having the big stores here.
"Those of us in the inquiry team welcome the interest already shown by ministers in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the DTI and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the recommendations we are putting forward after extensive evidence gathering last autumn."
To see a summary of the report please click on the link below.
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