Survey Finds Small Businesses Concerned Over Change to Sunday Trading Laws

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22nd June 2012 12:16 - Business Support

A survey of small business owners in the UK by telecoms company XLN Business Services has uncovered opposition to the proposed change to Sunday trading laws.

Out of 487 of the small businesses who took part in the market research, almost half at 49.4% say they do not want to see a change to the current law which prevents companies with more than 280 square meters of floor space opening for more than six hours at a time.

The Government is looking to relax this rule during the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics so that businesses of all sizes can open whenever they choose, but many . industry experts have predicted this could lead to a permanent change in the law once the Games are over.

Just over 31% said they approve of the Sunday Trading Laws being scraped forever after they have been relaxed for the 2012 Olympics, while just under a fifth claimed they are undecided.

Chief Executive at XLN Business Services, Christian Nellemann, commented: "Some small business owners make a lot of money on Sundays and are anxious about losing trade to big businesses, who currently can only trade for six hours. Other businesses, on the other hand, can’t open on a Sunday as it is the owner's only day off and are worried about competition with larger, more flexible labour cashing in while they are having their day of rest."

XLN Business Services has thus called on the Government not to ditch the current Sunday trading laws following the Olympics.

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