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.

The Latest Evidence

Sunday Trading: Applying the Family Test, Social Market Foundation, September 2015

  • The Sunday trading proposals have failed the Government’s “Family Test”. Currently only 25% of parents are content with the balance between work and home life and 77% report that work impinges on the time they could dedicate to core activities with their children, such as homework, taking them to clubs and putting them to bed.

Attitudes towards Sunday Trading, Populus, September, 2015

  • 67% of the public support existing Sunday trading rules.
  • 60% of the public think Sunday is different from the rest of the week as it enables shared time with family and friends.

Economic Impact of Deregulating Sunday Trading, Oxford Economics, September 2015

  • 8,800 jobs lost from the convenience sector and £870 million lost from sales as a result of Sunday trading devolution

The Impact of Olympic Sunday Trading Liberalisation on Convenience Store Turnover, Oxford Economics, November 2012

  • Trade is displaced from small stores to large stores. Convenience stores with one or no supermarkets in a one mile radius saw a 4% sales decline on the relevant Sundays, while those with two supermarkets within a mile saw a 4.8% decline. Stores with five or more supermarkets in a two mile radius saw a decline in Sunday sales of over 7%

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.

ACS’ full submission and associated research can be viewed by clicking here.

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.