Local shops in South West & Wales lead way on community engagement
The survey, which polled over 1,100 independent retailers across the UK, also found a number of regional variations.
In the South West and Wales, 86% of independent retailers said they had undertaken some form of community engagement activity in the past year compared to 60% of London retailers. North West retailers were found to be the most charitable with 81% having collected money for a local or national charity, while retailers in Yorkshire and the Humber were most likely to sponsor a local sports team.
ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "Convenience stores are under increasing pressure from multiple chains to find a unique selling point that separates them from the competition. Many independent retailers have capitalized on the essential role they play in their communities. Being part of the community is one of the main reasons independent retailers love what they do and it’s great to see retailers in Wales and the South West leading the way."
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