Cross-Party Group Annual Report.

20 January 2016

Cross Party Group on Small Shops

1.    Group membership and office holders.

 

Janet Finch Saunders AM

Keith Davies AM

Elin Jones AM

William Powell AM

Steve Dowling, Association of Convenience Stores

 

2.    Previous Group Meetings.

 

Annual Reception

 

Meeting date: 1st July 2015

Attendees:                

 

Rhodri

Ab-Owen

Positif

Mohammad

Asghar

Assembly Member

Mike

Ash-Edwards

Co-Op Group

Morgan

Brobyn

ACS

Hayley

Came

Camelot Books

Deborah

Came

Camelot Books

Matthew

Clark

NFRN

Bethan

Cook

Food Standards Agency

Owen

Davies

Blakemore Retail

Rachel

Evans

Countryside Alliance

Rhodri

Evans

FSB

Janet

Finch-Saunders

Assembly Member

Russell

George

Assembly Member

Mel

Griffin

Griffin Books

Edwina

Hart

Assembly Member

Andrew

Highway

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Rob

Holdaway

NFRN

Peter

James

Bira

Haworth

Janet

Assembly Member

James

Lowman

ACS

James

Mark

James and Jenkins

John

Murray

Blakemore Retail

Peter

O'Toole

Retail Merchandising Services

Daniel

O'Toole

Retail Merchandising Services

John

Parkinson

NFRN

Ken

Parsons

Rural Shops Alliance

Matthew

Phipps

TLT Solicitors

Mark

Podmore

Blakemore Retail

Adrian

Roper

NRFN

Vyas

Sharma

NFRN

Sam

Whiteside

NFRN

Steve

Willcox

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Naomi

Williams

Positif

Edward

Woodall

ACS

 

 

Summary of issues discussed: The important role of small shops on high streets

 

Business Rates and Small Shops

 

Meeting date: 11th March 2015        

Attendees:    

 

Janet Finch-Saunders

AM

Philippa Green

JFS

William Graham

AM

Jenny Rathbone

AM

Russell George

AM

Mohammad Asghar

AM

Keith Davies

AM

Mick Antoniw

AM

Edward Woodall

ACS

Sophie Mew

ACS

Chris Sutton

JLL

Dylan Jones-Evans

UWE

Josh Miles

FSB

Ken Parsons

RSA

Elizabeth Flowers

Conservative Group Office

Matthew Clark

NFRN

Dev Afwani

NFRN

 

Summary of issues discussed: The impact of business rates on small shops and the importance of small business rate relief.

 

 


 

  1. Professional lobbyists, voluntary organisations and charities with whom the Group has met during the preceding year.

 

 

Association of Convenience Stores

Federation House,

17 Farnborough Street

Farnborough, Hampshire

GU14 8AG

 

Federation of Small Business Wales

1 Cleeve House
Lambourne Crescent
Llanishen
Cardiff
CF14 5GP

 

National Federation of Retail Newsagents,

Yeoman House,

Sekforde Street,

London,

EC1R 0HF

 

British Independent Retail Associations
225 Bristol Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B5 7UB

 

Rural Shops Alliance

20 Garland,
Rothley,
Leics.
LE7 7RF

 


 


Annual Financial Statement.

20 January 2016

Cross Party Group on Small Shops

Janet Finch Saunders AM

Steve Dowling, Association of Convenience Stores

Group’s Expenses.

 

None.

£0.00

Costs of all goods.

 

No goods purchased.

£0.00

Benefits received by the group or individual Members from outside bodies.

 

No benefits received.

£0.00

Any secretariat or other support.

 

No financial support received.

£0.00

Services provided to the Group such as hospitality.

 

All refreshments paid for by Association of Convenience Stores

 

Date

Description and name of provider

 

Cost

 

11th March 2015

Catering for business rates meeting, ACS (CH &Co Catering Limited)

£118.26

1st July 2015

Catering for Reception, ACS (CH &Co Catering Limited)

£275.16

Total cost

 

£393.42