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Sunday trading rules to boost business

Date Added: 23/07/2012  

Laws regarding the hours traders can operate on Sundays are being relaxed by the government in order to take advantage of the Olympic Games.

Business minister Norman Lamb stated this will send a clear message that the UK is open for business for the duration of the sporting event, which gets underway in London on Friday (July 27th) with an opening ceremony created by film director Danny Boyle.

Mr Lamb explained the Games are almost with us and excitement is building up and down the country, with the Sunday trading rules relaxed for firms in the retail sector from last weekend.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase not just London, but the whole of the country to the rest of the world and provide a boost for the economy, sales and employment," he said, highlighting the fact members of staff will retain their right to opt out of Sunday shifts if they do not want to work over the course of the weekend, although the MP noted he expects many to take advantage of the chance to earn more money.

However, Mr Lamb stressed that the relaxation of Sunday trading laws by the coalition government is only a temporary measure and it does not intend to make the change permanent.

July 22nd was the first day the new Sunday trading laws were in effect and they will continue to operate for the next couple of months, until the end of the Paralympic Games on September 9th.

Shops with a relevant floor area of more than 280 square metres are those that will not be subject to current Sunday trading restrictions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Figures recently released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that retail sales were up in June, although many companies in the sector are still in danger of being served with a winding up order due to financial difficulties.

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Posted by Michael Beam

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