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Welsh Local Shop Report 2022 Launch Reception

12th January 2022
Welsh Senedd
6:00pm - 7:30pm
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The Welsh Local Shop Report is the essential guide for those with an interest in the convenience sector in Wales, whether from a retail, supplier, academic or political perspective. The report features key insights into the people, businesses and services operating within the sector.

This launch event within the Welsh Senedd will explore the findings of this year’s report, taking a look at the stores, people and services shaping local shops in Wales.

This drinks reception will include a speech from the Welsh Government’s Economy Minister (TBC) and provide the opportunity to network with other retailers and elected Members of the Senedd.

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Event Speakers

Edward Woodall, Government Relations Director, ACS

Ed joined ACS in September 2009 having graduated from Roehampton University in 2007. As Government Relations Director Ed is responsible for communicating ACS’ policy positions across Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved nations with civil servants, parliamentarians and external stakeholders. Ed consults with ACS members through ACS’ Policy Committee and Expert Policy Groups to develop policy positions and the organisation's public affairs strategy.

Ed has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees in Westminster and devolved nations and contributes to policy developments across a range of government working groups including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.

Ed completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma in Public Relations in 2013. Ed is currently studying for his MBA at Surrey Business School.

Mark Isherwood; MS for North Wales

Mark Isherwood was first elected as an Assembly Member for North Wales in 2003, before being re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2016 and 2021. He has been a member of the CPG on Small Shops and is currently the Welsh Conservatives Shadow Minister for Social Justice and Shadow Counsel General, alongside responsibilities as Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts and Public Administration. He is a former Treuddyn Community Councillor, School Governor (and Chair) of Ysgol Parc y Llan and voluntary Board Member of Venture Housing Association. Prior to politics, he was a building society area manager in North Wales.