Prime Minister Theresa May hears about the concerns of independent retailers from NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week..
NFRN National President challenges Home Secretary on police response times and growing instances of abuse
NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson challenged Home Secretary Sajid Javid on police response and the performance of Police and Crime Commissioners when they met at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday (October 1).
Besides explaining how retailers feel unprotected by the lack of police response to shop crimes, Mr Mitchelson raised concerns about increasing incidents of physical and verbal abuse on retailers and their staff.
Mr Javid acknowledged the issues, noting that pressure was needed to improve the performance of PPCs in responding to retail crime. He agreed to meet an NFRN delegation at the Home Office as soon as possible in order to discuss these concerns in greater detail.
Earlier today – at a breakfast meeting chaired by MP Stephen Hammond, the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime – there was a discussion regarding the need for police to respond to shop thefts where the loss was less than £200.
Those present, including MEP Robert Aiken, were made aware of the value of sales needed to recover that amount of theft.
While it was acknowledged by NFRN West Midlands District President Manjit Samra that a determined shoplifter was difficult to stop, it was agreed that retailers needed to consider store layout and product placement when implementing crime prevention measures.
NFRN tackles Chancellor on unfair business rates
NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson met with Chancellor Philip Hammond at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday (1 October) to discuss unfair business rates.
Increasing business rates have been a scourge on smaller independent retailers for many years and a fairer system is required especially when online businesses only pay a fraction of what high street shops do.
Labour Party Conference
NFRN raises the challenges facing independent retailers at Labour Party Conference
At the recent Labour party conference NFRN deputy vice president Muntazir Dipoti took the opportunity to share the challenges facing independent retailers with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
NFRN concerns about retail crime were on the agenda when Muntazir Dipoti caught up with Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott at the Labour party conference in Liverpool.