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Sajid Javid confirms devolved Sunday trading laws will go ahead

Sajid Javid confirms devolved Sunday trading laws will go ahead

New laws on Sunday trading hours are set to benefit the UK’s city centres and high streets, business secretary Sajid Javid has announced. Part of a package of measures that will be introduced in the Enterprise Bill, councils will be able to “zone” any relaxation to prioritise high streets and city centres. This will mean footfall can be directed towards struggling high streets by allowing them to open longer. Further measures include allowing shop workers to give just one month’s notice when opting not to work Sundays as opposed to the previous required notice of three months. In August, the government launched a consultation to gather opinions on whether it should devolve Sunday trading rules to local authorities. Sajid Javid said: “Extending Sunday trading hours has the potential to help... »

Name the Business Secretary

Name the Business Secretary

Three-quarters of business owners are unable to name the Secretary of State for Business, Peter Mandelson, new research has revealed. The survey of 500 small firms by business price comparison firm Make it Cheaper also found that 89% of businesses were unable to name the Conservative shadow business secretary, Ken Clarke. “It’s clear there is a massive disconnect between the main political parties and people who work in local businesses, the people who are at the very heart of the economy,” said Make it Cheaper managing director, Jonathan Elliott. “The vast majority of those we asked were unable to name the Secretary of State for Business or his shadow colleague. “These guys should be out there talking to the people who are on the front line of the economy,&rd... »

Business Leaders Welcome the Return of Mandy

Business Leaders Welcome the Return of Mandy

Gordon Brown’s latest cabinet reshuffle sees Peter Mandelson return to government. The European Trade Commissioner has been recalled from his post in Brussels to take up the position of Business Secretary, a place vacated by John Hutton who becomes the new Defence Secretary. The CBI, Engineering Employers Federation and the Federation of Small Business have all voiced their backing of the new business secretary in a move seen not merely to be a simple cabinet reshuffle but an attempt to handle the economic issues that are affecting the global economy. Speaking with the BBC John Wright, chairman of the FSB, welcomed the appointment of Mr Mandelson, saying: "This shock return is no surprise to us given Mr Mandelson’s previous tenure at the DTI and his current position as Bri... »