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About the APPSSG

The All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group was set up by a cross party group of MPs to raise awareness among Parliamentarians of a broad range of issues of concern to small shopkeepers including business rates, retail crime, planning reform and changes to the high street.

The All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Groups (APPSSG) provides opportunities for members of Parliament to register their interest in small shop issues and learn more about the work that small shops do and the policy challenges that they face.

The APPSSG is chaired by Simon Danczuk, MP for Rochdale. Simon is responsible for overseeing the direction and topics that the group covers and was appointed Chair of the group in 2014.

The current officers of the group are:

Chair: Simon Danczuk MP (Independent, Rochdale)

Co-Chair: John McNally MP (Scottish National Party, Falkirk)

Secretary: Jim Dowd MP (Labour, Lewisham West and Penge)

Treasurer: David Warburton MP (Conservative, Somerton and Frome)

The APPSSG is registered with the House of Commons. The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) provide the secretariat services for the APPSSG on behalf of The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC). The IRC is an umbrella group of trade associations with common interests in the independent retail sector.

Contact: Steve Dowling, ACS Public Affairs Assistant via email steve.dowling@acs.org.uk


APPSSG Activity

Everyday Entrepreneurs Inquiry

In June 2016, the group published the Everyday Entrepreneurs Inquiry. This Inquiry looked at how entrepreneurial activity can be encouraged through initiatives at a local level and removing regulatory and financial barriers to growth.

The Inquiry featured several oral evidence sessions in Parliament from leading academics, business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Please see here for more details on the Inquiry.

Small Shops Competition

The APPSSG also coordinates the Small Shops competition, which seeks to crown the best small shops in the UK based on their entrepreneurial activities, work within the community and innovation in their business. In 2015, over 300 shops were nominated and 20 shortlisted to attend a Parliamentary reception to announce the winner and celebrate the strength of local small businesses.

APPSSG Policy Meetings

The APPSSG hosts a number of policy meetings in parliament to debate issues that affect small shops. The APPSSG regularly invites Ministers and Government officials to debate policy issues and understand their impact on small shops. The group most recently hosted David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to HM Treasury, to analyse the Business Rates Review. The group has also worked in partnership with the All-party Parliamentary Town Centres group to discuss the National Planning Policy Framework.

APPSSG Management

All-party groups (APPGs) are unofficial groups within the Houses of Parliament and have a membership of backbench Members of the House of Commons and Peers. They cover a range of subjects, which are generally of interest to Members from all parties and vary in size and the activity they are involved in. The rules for running the All Party Groups are available here.