Minister gives NIW support

Reports are still coming in to the organisers of the My Shop is Your Shop campaign about high level support for its National Independents’ Week event.

Justice Minister Jack Straw demonstrated his support when he called in on newsagent Suleman Khonat at his Blackburn store during NIW.

Recently elected president of the National Federation Of Retail Newsagents, Khonat said the minister was very enthusiastic about the week and they discussed current issues such as the tobacco display ban and the increase in crime in shops.

NFRN Scotland vice president Abdul Qadar hosted a visit from Edinburgh Central MSP Sarah Boyack at Booker’s Longstone Edinburgh depot.

She said it was important to her constituents that the large number of small shops in her constituency were able to trade profitably and invest in their businesses.

l For more about the next high-profile MSYS event, National Walk and Shop Day on September 16, see pages 22-23

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