The Association of Convenience Stores recently launched their ‘2020 Welsh Local Shop Report’ at the National Assembly for Wales highlighting the important role convenience stores play to the Welsh economy and to our local communities.
Findings from the report revealed that 62% of local shops in Wales operate in more rural locations like those in the valleys of Ogmore, providing essential services to their local communities which customers may otherwise not have access to, these include bill payment services (79%), cash machines (68%) and Post Offices (25%).
Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies attended the launch and said: “Ogmore’s convenience stores play a key role in the lives of local residents and many have become social hubs helping to combat loneliness and social isolation. They also provide flexible jobs and engage in local initiatives.
It’s good to see so many successful small and medium sized businesses right across Ogmore, and I was delighted to help promote them throughout the month of November in the run up to this year’s Small Business Saturday on 7th December. With various daily postings on social media, it is clear we have many excellent wide ranging small business – many of which include convenience stores. It is essential that we encourage people to shop local and make full use of these wonderful little stores that are found on our local high streets. Consider them for your Christmas shopping.”
ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Convenience stores play a vital role in countless communities across Wales and we are pleased to welcome the support of Huw Irranca-Davies AM. Local shops operate at the heart of the communities that they serve and this is keenly felt in Wales, where the majority of local shops trade in isolated and rural areas. Retailers continue to invest in their stores to provide essential products and services to their customers, but there are a number of challenges that they face on a daily basis. We look forward to working with Huw Irranca-Davies AM in the future on these issues and the other challenges that local shops face.”