Small Shops

Britain is a nation of shopkeepers.

Newsagents are some of the best examples of small businesses in this country.  Small Shop Owners get up early, work hard and do the right thing - I'm determined that they will succeed.  Illicit tobacco and the cumulative unintended consequences of public health policy threaten the basis of this industry.  I'm standing up for small shops - here's how.

 
 
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Late October 2016

In Late October, I will be hosting a reception for small retailers in Parliament.  Small Shop Workers will launch a manifesto of their interests to a gathered audience of MPs.  Small shops have had it tough and while the big retailers have access to armies of lobbyists small shops sometimes struggle for a voice.  This event will make sure the voice of small retailers is heard loud and clear in Westminster.


Early October  2016

Illicit tobacco not only robs our NHS out of the funds it is owed but it places our national security at risk by incentivising organised crime and smuggling.  Small shops are hard hit by so-called 'fag-houses' which sell cut price smuggled and counterfeit tobacco.  I will be hosting a reception for the launch of the TMA's illicit Trade Survey.  The survey details consumers understanding of the illicit markets and its concerning contents are a signal to redouble our efforts to eradicate this crime.

 

 

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JULY 2016

In July I visited my old friend Hitesh Pandya - the proprietor of Toni's News in Ramsgate - along with other South Thanet retailers.  We discussed the impact 

In July I visited my old friend Hitesh Pandya - the proprietor of Toni's News in Ramsgate - along with other South Thanet retailers.  We discussed the impact