the Business Forum and
the Economic Partnership
in Brighton & Hove
Homepage    BCRP Intranet    Funding    Events    Knowledgebase    Links    About us     Contact us
Key projects



Workforce development 


Business &

Property &
Development sites




Consultation opportunities

Brighton & Hove Business Forum
8-11 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 01273 735442
Email: info@brighton

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 18 March 2006
David Lepper, MP

Supermarket probe to go ahead

Following the publication of High Street Britain: 2005 and on-going pressure from the Parliamentary All Party Small Shops Group, the Office of Fair Trading has referred the four big supermarkets to the Competition Commission.

Brighton Pavilion Labour and Co-operative MP David Lepper has welcomed the announcement saying, “This is an important decision for independent retailers and for consumers. It comes less than a month after the Parliamentary All Party Small Shops Group published its inquiry highlighting the increasing dominance of the big four supermarkets and the dangers they pose for small traders and convenience stores.”

David was a member of the inquiry team, which took evidence at the end of last year which led to the Small Shops report ‘High Street Britain 2015’ published on 15 February.

David added, “I hope the Competition Commission will look at issues such as the buying power of the big four, their hold over suppliers, below cost selling and the decline in choice caused by the closure of many independent shops.

“Our report last month pointed out the dangers not only for smaller retailers but also for the public if the big four continue to grow unchecked. It’s not too late to stop the decline.“

The All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group was set up to raise awareness among Parliamentarians of a broad range of issues of concern to small shopkeepers, including retail crime, excessive insurance premiums, planning reform, red tape and environmental legislation. The Group also looks at the vital social and economic role played by independent retailers.

Tight margins and unfair competition from supermarkets have caused the independent retail sector to decline over the last 20 years. Yet small shops are important to the economy as employers and drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship. As a tourist city Brighton will suffer if it loses its independent retail sector.

There is a school of thought that believes that by 2015 many independent shops will have disappeared and been replaced by big multiples. This could be very damaging to Brighton as it will lose a key tourist attraction. It will also restrict choice for the individual and create social, economic and environmental problems. It will even be bad news for Brighton’s multiples as they also thrive on the tourist market.

To read the report clidk on the link below:

Read related items on:
Retail, pubs, clubs and restaurants
Government, Central
Lepper, David

Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


14 March 2018
Better Business for All Event with BEIS
7 March 2018
Brighton celebrates women in tech as Spring Forward festival returns for a fourth year 6 March 2018
Six months of success for BTN BikeShare 2 March 2018
Sustainability in Action masterclasses for Sussex businesses 2 March 2018
Doing Business in China comes to Brighton 1 March 2018
Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce presents: Protecting your brand- a guide for fast growth businesses 1 March 2018
Long haul passengers boost local economy and jobs, according to new Gatwick report on the 'Visitor Economy' 28 February 2018
Save time reporting crime 27 February 2018
Warren Morgan Resigns from Brighton & Hove City Council 23 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company, Paxton Ranks in Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 23 February 2018
Greater Brighton's Commercial Property Database 22 February 2018
SE-ASSIST - Launch of Loan Capital in Greater Brighton 19 February 2018
House Price update Q4 2017 19 February 2018
What would you do in a crisis? 19 February 2018
The investment journey for high growth entrepreneurs 9 February 2018
Make Change Count 2018 - helping rough sleepers in Brighton & Hove 8 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company Paxton Announces Recipients of New Scholarship Programmein Association with the University of Brighton 8 February 2018
Cyber London Accelerator Invites Summer 2018 Entries 8 February 2018
Innovate UK Launches Strand 2 Emerging and Enabling Technologies Sector Competition 8 February 2018
Success In Sussex As Food And Drink Heroes Crowned Winners 8 February 2018
UK Games Fund - Fourth Round Open to Applications 8 February 2018
Innovate UK & Prince's Trust Launch Young Innovators' Programme 6 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership launches 'Kit Out The Kitchen' crowdfunding campaign 2 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Council and Crest Nicholson win £15m government funding to kickstart King Alfred project 1 February 2018
Could a Utilise Plus Programme grant help you? 1 February 2018
Shoreham Port Facilitates Huge Operation 18 January 2018
IUK Announces Collaborative R&D Funding for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Simulation 18 January 2018
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches $1 Billion Corporate Venture Capital Fund for Next Generation Mobility 17 January 2018
PORTlife #17 Newsletter Out Now 17 January 2018
Over £19,000 raised for Burning the Clocks 2017 11 January 2018
Brighton Main Line Improvement Project: Planned closures in October 2018 and February 2019 11 January 2018
Come on in! Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 8 January 2018
Sussex Business SkillSnap targets hospitality industry skill shortage 3 January 2018
House Price update 2017 Q3 20 December 2017
£14.35 Million European Regional Development Fund Launched 19 December 2017
Leading the way - Sustainability in Action masterclass 15 December 2017
Brighton is among the best places to start a business due to their strong growth factors 15 December 2017
GTR consultation ends 20th Dec 2017 13 December 2017
Ethical Food StartUp Programme - Idea Generation Workshop 12 December 2017
Utilise Plus launch programme of energy efficiency grants and business support for SMEs