The UK’s shopkeepers are among the hardest working people in the country, with one in five claiming to never take a holiday.

More than half (51%) take fewer than 10 days off a year, according to a new poll for the Association of Convenience Stores.

And 60% of shopkeepers work more than 50 hours a week – well over the national average of between 30 and 40 hours a week.

“The stores we’re talking about here are our members’ livelihoods, so it’s not surprising they work long hours to be successful,” said ACS chief executive James Lowman.

“Some of our members are in store at four or five in the morning to receive the day’s newspapers and are still there late at night closing up every day of the week.

“You can add to these figures the many hours spent outside the store but working in the community on local events and initiatives.”