Retail Sector inquiry live on TV 21st May
First evidence session in the Retail Sector Inquiry will be shown live on Parliament TV, Tuesday 21st May 2013
The Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee will be holding its first evidence session for an inquiry into the UK Retail Sector on Tuesday 21st May 2013
ActSmart and ACT partners via the Independent Retailers Confederation, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) will be giving evidence to the Inquiry on subjects including:
- The impact of online sales on the high street and costs
- The implementation of the BIS retail strategy
- Progress made with the Portas Review
- Regulations affecting the sector
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the British Council of Shopping Centres will also be giving evidence to the select committee. The ACS evidence session led by Chairman Jonathan James and Public Affairs Director Shane Brennan will commence at c.10.30 a.m. Tuesday 21st May and will be available to watch TV here.
ACS provide the Political lead within the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK. ActSmart hold the Vice Chair' position and lead on Commercial matters, alongside the National Skills Academy for Retail leading on Skills.
The IRC provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group via ACS and the Association of Cycle Traders are one of 14 organisations who work together through the IRC to develop support for the UK independent retail sector, with more organisations scheduled to join next month.
ACS Chairman Jonathan James said: "This is an important Inquiry and an opportunity for influential MPs to ask challenging questions about what is being done by Government to support the retail sector."