Local convenience stores have raised more than £20m for charity in the last year, latest research from the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed.
Shops in the North East were the most generous in the UK, donating an average of £464 each, while those in the South West claimed the second spot with donations of about £443 per store. Scotland ranked third, averaging £429.
London stores donated the least - £395 on average - according to the poll of more than 1,100 independent retailers. The East Midlands managed £8 more with an average of £403 each, while stores in the East donated £407 per store.
“Convenience stores are at the heart of their communities, not just providing unparalleled service to their customers but also giving back to good causes,” said ACS chief executive James Lowman. “Across the UK, convenience retailers have come together to donate over £20m to charity despite the challenges facing high streets and the retail sector.”
The research also found that 94% of independent retailers in Wales supported their local communities through raising money, sponsoring local teams, providing free equipment and meals for schoolchildren or engaging with local business projects.
Sanjeev Vadhera, director of Top 50 indie North East Convenience Stores, said: “Giving something back to charity is essential.
“We wouldn’t be successful without the support of our customers, and it’s important that we in turn support good causes.”