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As the high street continues to compete with online trading, the government announces that amendments are set to be made to the Enterprise Bill as early as this Autumn.
The Sunday Trading Act 1994 states that currently stores over the size of 280sqm can only trade for 6 hours on Sundays, but the changes will now mean that local councils have the opportunity to relax the times that larger stores trade.
In an article by the Daily Mail business minister Anna Soubry said: “Extending Sunday shopping hours has the potential to help businesses and high streets better compete as our shopping habits change.”
But the move has not been welcomed by everyone, shop workers union USADW’s said that this could potentially put small shops out of business and affect employees work/life balance.
Employees will have the option to ‘opt out’ of working Sunday’s with just one months notice.