I joined the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) – the trade body that represents small and independent retailers – in Parliament today (27 February 2019) to pledge my support to local shops in rural communities.
At the parliamentary event the ACS demonstrated how important rural shops are for our local economy in Wales. There are 16,944 rural convenience stores in the UK and Wales has a higher proportion of rural shops than any other part of mainland UK. Read more “Supporting Local Shops in Rural Communities”
I have joined with other MPs to call for a new ‘Town of Culture’ award to be established to help regenerate local areas. MPs have published an open letter to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport requesting for the matter to be discussed further.
Currently, towns are eligible to apply for the ‘City of Culture’ award, but they struggle to put forward a bid that can compete with the larger cities that also compete for the award. Cities have the resources they need to put forward a bid and towns would be greatly supported if they had their own category.
The letter states: Read more “Town of Culture award”