Report reveals convenience stores employ more than 16,000 people in the North-East (From The Northern Echo)
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Report reveals convenience stores employ more than 16,000 people in the North-East
CONVENIENCE shops are providing more than 16,000 jobs for people in the North-East, a report says.
The 2013 Local Shop Report, published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), reveals that 16,226 people are employed in 2,159 shops in the North-East.
It said 57 per cent of convenience store owners classified themselves as white British, while 42 per cent said they were Asian or Asian British.
Despite fears that the big supermarket chains are putting the squeeze on smaller, independent shops the sector is also growing in size.
ACS said there were 49,888 convenience stores in the UK, an increase of five per cent on 2012, and contributing £35.6bn to the economy.
Its chief executive James Lowman said: “This report provides new insight into the vital role that local shops play in both the local and national economy. Convenience store owners are entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds who have weathered the economic storm and continue to strive to succeed in a difficult marketplace.
“Local shops provide hundreds of thousands of flexible jobs, particularly for young people and those juggling other commitments like childcare. They are at the heart of their communities supporting their customers.
“We will be sending the findings of our report and specific data on each constituency to all MPs in the North-East to ensure these important decision makers have a much fuller understanding of the local shop sector.”
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