The Importance of Flexible Employment in the Convenience Sector

Hopefully you’ve seen our 2018 Local Shop Report, launched (appropriately, perhaps) at the National Space Centre in Leicester.  There’s loads of data in the report, some of it from our own research, and some kindly provided by our friends at HIM, IGD, William Reed and Experian.  You can go through the information that’s most relevant to your business, but I want to think a bit more deeply about the information related to people working in convenience stores, in the context of the debate in politics at the moment about employment in the UK, where rates of

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Stephen Hammond MP, MP for Wimbledon

Stephen Hammond MP for Wimbledon is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime and sits on the Treasury Select Committee.

Susan Connolly, Connolly Spar

Mike Fitton, Franchise Business Manager, Southern Co-operative

Key to Southern Co-op’s current growth with franchisees, Mike has more than 20 years experience working across franchisees, independent retailers, wholesale and the convenience trade. Mike has worked in the retail industry since leaving school - working his way from the warehouse to the shop floor. He has experience as a store manager, area manager, regional manager, sales director and as UK head of sales before his current role at Southern Co-op’s head office in Portsmouth. Former employers have included Budgens Ltd, Musgrave, Nisa, and A F Blakemore.

Sundher Sandher, One Stop

Sunder was born in Leamington Spa, getting into retail straight after leaving school. He has been running the same store for 34 years, managing to obtain D32/33 and Investors In People. His store has been featured as part of a study tour by AACS (the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores) where a group of 30 flew over to discover the best in UK convenience retailing. 

Sunder is a governor for two local schools, has been a Magistrate for 10 years at Coventry Court and is an international member of NACS. 

Tim Shipman (Political Speaker)

Political Editor of the Sunday Times, Tim Shipman has been a national newspaper journalist for nearly twenty years, having reported the latest news from Westminster and The White House, Tim’s career both in the UK and across the pond has seen him secure vast experience reporting on British and American politics and the most topical international relations.

What Future for Business Rates?

The continuing struggles of some of the UK’s most well-known high street businesses (House of Fraser being the most recent of these to hit the headlines) has led many to once again point the finger at the business rates system as a major contributor to the decline of bricks and mortar stores.

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Victoria Crorken, National Business Crime Partnerships Manager, Co-op

Victoria Crorken is senior police leader on secondment to the Co-op as their National Business Crime Partnerships Manager.

With 26 years police service her expertise is building long term collaborative relationships with communities in order to resolve problems that affect them.

In her role at the Co-op she is working closely with key retail representative organisations, partner agencies and retail colleagues in order to address issues that affect store colleagues.

Kelly Tolhurst MP, Small Business Minister (Reception Speaker)

Kelly Tolhurst has been MP for Rochester and Strood since 2015. She became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Priti Patel as Secretary of State for International Development in 2016, and in January 2018 became an Assistant Government Whip. She was promoted in July 2018 to become a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Her ministerial responsibilities include: the retail sector, small business, industrial strategy, labour markets and the Post Office.

Roger Grosvenor, Joint Chief Executive, East of England Co-Operative

Roger has been involved in Co-Operative movement for 45 years, from a 17 year old trainee manager to Joint CEO responsible for East of England Co-Operative's diverse retail portfolio. Today’s society is an amalgamation of smaller societies from across East Anglia, including the Clacton, Coggeshall and Maldon societies. Now East of England Co-Operative has over 230 stores and branches across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, over 4,000 employees and 288,000 members.