On Tuesday, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP met with local retailer Harjinder Dhasee at the Association of Convenience Stores’ Heart of the Community reception to celebrate the important role that local shops play in our communities.

Heart of the Community is an annual event which brings retailers from across the country face to face with MPs to air their concerns about the future of the sector.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP said:

“It was a huge pleasure for me to present Harjinder an award earlier this year for the shop that had best interacted with the community.

It was a great delight for me to give Harjinder further recognition at this event in the House of Commons and to be able to introduce him to the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, the Minister of State in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Local shops provide essential goods and services in our communities and it is vital that MPs show support for these retailers both in Westminster and the local area – they really are at the heart of communities and Government must to everything they can to ensure that they succeed during this difficult economic time.”

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Harjinder Dhasee & Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP.

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said:

“We welcome the support of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP in recognising the importance of the dozens of convenience stores, and the services and jobs they provide in The Cotswolds. Businesses face many competing challenges, from rising rates and energy bills to increasing pressure from small format supermarkets. It is now more important than ever that MPs engage with their local small business community, and work to ensure Government cuts and new regulations will not harm small business or undermine consumer confidence.”

The event, organised by ACS, brought together local shop owners from across the UK and builds on recent ACS research into the role of convenience stores and their importance to the community. Copies of the Local Shop Report 2012 and ‘Local Services: Happy Places’ are available on the ACS website.

ACS (Association of Convenience Stores) is the voice of local shops, representing over 33,500 convenience stores.

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Source: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds