Picture: NFRN National President Ralph Patel launches the 2016 Agenda at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons

At a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons Terrace on 9 February 2016, the NFRN launched its 2016 Agenda. Hosted by Guto Bebb, the MP for Aberconwy and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime, the reception was attended by over 50 MPs and nearly 80 NFRN members.

With a strong focus on retail crime, the agenda outlines the key challenges facing independent retailers and contains several recommendations the NFRN would like to see adopted by the government.

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Guto Bebb MP on stage at NFRN Agenda 2016 launch

The event was hosted and sponsored by Guto Bebb MP

Nigel Huddleston MP speaking with shopkeeper and NFRN member Niru Patel

Brave NFRN member Niru Patel (right), who was attacked in her shop in December, talks about her ordeal to Nigel Huddleston MP, NFRN CEO Paul Baxter and Ralph Patel

John Stevenson MP, ex NFRN member Martin Vickers MP and NFRN Public Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Mitchelson

John Stevenson MP, ex NFRN member Martin Vickers MP and NFRN Public Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Mitchelson

Sir David Amess MP

Sir David Amess MP

Penny Mordaunt MP (Portsmouth North’s MP and Minister for Armed Forces) with Pradip Amin, Linda Sood and Ralph Patel

Minister of State for the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt MP (second right) with NFRN national councillor Pradip Amin, NFRN deputy vice president Linda Sood and Ralph Patel

Gavin Newlands MP with Sharon Sisman, Abdul Qadar and Shahid Razzaq

Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP Gavin Newlands (second right) with NFRN Scotland officials Sharon Sisman, Abdul Qadar and Shahid Razzaq

Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds with Ray Monelle, Peter Robinson and Matthew Clark

NFRN national vice president Ray Monelle, NFRN national councillor Peter Robinson, Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds and South Wales district president Matthew Clark

NFRN CEO Paul Baxter on stage launching the 2016 Agenda

NFRN CEO Paul Baxter urged MPs to listen to the facts about retail crime and Sunday trading

Ravi Raveendran, Ruth Digby of PMI, and Kamal Thaker

PMI government affairs manager Ruth Digby and NFRN members Ravi Raveendran and Kamal Thaker

NFRN member Ranjan Patel with her local MP, Meg Hillier

NFRN national councillor Ranjan Patel (right) with her local MP, Meg Hillier

Richard Graham MP with Ralph Patel, Nira Patel, Paul Baxter, Linda Sood and NFRN head of operations Margaret McCloskey

Richard Graham MP (second left) with Ralph Patel, Nira Patel, Paul Baxter, Linda Sood and NFRN head of operations Margaret McCloskey

Jason McCartney MP with NFRN members from the Yorkshire District

Jason McCartney MP (centre) with NFRN national councillor Jay Banning and NFRN immediate past president Martyn Brown

Guto Bebb MP and NFRN National President Ralph Patel

Guto Bebb MP and NFRN National President Ralph Patel

Alison Thewliss MP with Shahid Razzaq, and Jim Fox from Coca-Cola

NFRN Scottish district president Shahid Razzaq, Alison Thewliss MP and Jim Fox from Coca-Cola Enterprises

More pictures from the event can be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nfrnonline

For the latest reaction to our agenda launch, please visit our Twitter page https://twitter.com/NFRN_Online

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