Momentum is gathering behind the campaign for a Department of Trade and Industry review of the grocery market.
Labour MP Jim Dowd said 35 MPs had signed an Early Day Motion noting that the diversity of the retail market is threatened by the current consolidation.
Speaking at a reception for the all-party parliamentary small shops group in the Commons, Dowd said the group wanted to raise awareness of the vital community role of small stores.
His motion says “ongoing acquisitions and consolidation in the grocery market led by the major supermarket groups threaten that choice, diversity and tradition.” It calls on
secretary of state for trade and industry Patricia Hewitt to introduce measures to safeguard local shops.
FWD director general Alan Toft told the reception Dowd’s campaign dovetailed with the FWD’s activity to promote National Independents’ Day, which takes place on June 1.