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Cross Party Group on Small Shops

About the CPGSS

The Cross Party Group on Small Shops (CPGSS) was set up by a cross party group of Assembly Members to raise awareness in the Welsh Assembly of a broad range of issues of concern to small shopkeepers, such as business rates, planning reform and retail crime. The group also looks at the vital social and economic role played by small shops in the community.

The Cross Party Group on Small Shops provides opportunities for Assembly Members to register their interest in small shop issues and learn more about the work that small shops do and the public policy challenges they face.
The CPGSS is chaired by Janet Finch-Saunders, AM for Aberconwy. Janet is responsible for overseeing the direction and topics that the group covers and was appointed Chair of the group in 2013.

The current officers of the group are:

Chair: Janet Finch-Saunders AM (Conservative, Aberconwy)
Deputy Chair: Vikki Howells AM (Labour, Cynon Valley)
Member: Mark Isherwood AM (Conservative, North Wales)
Member: Huw Irranca-Davies AM (Labour, Ogmore)
Member: Michelle Brown AM (UKIP, North Wales)
Member: David Rowlands AM (UKIP, South Wales East)

The CPGSS is registered with the National Assembly for Wales. The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) provide the secretariat services for the CPGSS 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

CPGSS Activity

Supporting Entrepreneurship Inquiry

Terms of Reference

The Cross Party Group on Small Shops Group will conduct an Inquiry into entrepreneurship in Wales and how to sustain the important contribution of entrepreneurs to the economy. Small shop entrepreneurs like booksellers, grocery retailers, hairdressers and high street traders create jobs, make investments in communities across Wales, and are an engine of economic growth. This contribution, and the important social role of entrepreneurs, is not always fully understood or valued by policymakers at the national or local level.

This Inquiry will review how we support entrepreneurs in the future, the positive contribution they make and what policy barriers the Welsh Government can remove to help them grow and thrive. The Inquiry will invite written evidence from interested parties and host a small number of oral evidence sessions in the National Assembly for Wales, drawing on a range of stakeholders from private business, business representative organisations, industry experts, academics and the charitable sector.


Association of Convenience Stores

Association of Cycle Traders

Booksellers Association

British Independent Retailers Association

Craft Bakers Association 

Entertainment Retailers Association

Federation of Wholesale Distributors

Guild of Fine Food

National Federation of Retail Newsagents

National Hairdressers Federation

The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association

The Cafe Life Association

The Horticultural Trades Association

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders