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Scottish retailers have until Tuesday (August 24) to make their voices heard in the consultation on New Year’s Day trading.

The Scottish Government is proposing banning large retailers from trading on New Year’s Day.

It is the opinion of the NFRN that, by not allowing large retailers (over 280 square meters) to open and trade on New Year’s Day, it would level the playing field for smaller, independent retailers, while also improving the wellbeing of all staff.

The proposed change to trading laws would allow smaller, independent retailers to open shorter hours as they would be the only ones with permission to open. This means they would be able to earn their living in fewer hours, with fewer staff, enabling them to have a well-deserved rest and spend more time with their loved ones over the festive period.

Since major retailers began to trade on NYD in Scotland, there has been a strain on independent retailers, who often serve as a support service as they are at the centre of their local communities but may also have a fragile economic existence.

Numbers are very important in consolations, so we urge all our Scottish retailers to make their opinion known by answering this questionnaire on the Scottish Government’s website.

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