Sunday Trading

Government has announced that they intend to change Sunday Trading regulations to allow local authorities to decide whether large stores should be allowed to open later on Sundays. The plans are unnecessary, harmful to small stores and will cause confusion among consumers.

Allowing larger stores to open later on Sundays will serve only to displace trade from small shops to their larger counterparts. Many small stores are at risk as a result of this measure, as they operate very close to the edge of profitability.

Facts and Figures

  • 76% of the public are in favour of the current Sunday Trading regulations (ComRes, February 2015)
  • Of those who want a change in the law, 60% want further restrictions on Sunday opening hours (ComRes, February 2015)
  • During the temporary liberalisation of Sunday Trading in 2012, retail sales for August fell 0.4% compared to the previous year (BRC/KPMG)
  • Over three quarters of the convenience sector is run by independent retailers. Overall, the convenience sector is made up of almost 50,000 stores.

ACS and a wide range of other groups are fighting to retain the existing Sunday Trading rules. We are calling on retailers to get involved with the campaign by writing to their MP and the Chancellor, explaining the negative impact that changes to Sunday Trading rules will have on their business.

Use our tool below to get in touch with your MP and make your voice heard on this issue.

your MP

We need your support to fight the proposed changes to Sunday Trading rules. Using this tool will generate an email for you to send to your MP on Sunday Trading. We need as many retailers as possible to contact their MPs and explain to them the huge impact that the plans will have on the convenience sector.

If you would like to talk to us about how Sunday Trading changes will affect your business, or if you would like help in writing to the Chancellor George Osborne directly, contact Edward Woodall at

Constituency Cards

If you would like a constituency card to send to your MP, please contact Chris Noice at

Constituency cards contain specific information about the number of convenience stores in your constituency, as well as the number of jobs that those stores provide; a breakdown of the profiles of staff, and key information about store owners in the area.