argues that the display ban is a red tape issue, an example of heavy handed regulation disproportionately hurting small shops, not a health one as demonstrated by all independent evidence[ii] which shows that the measure fails to reduce levels of smoking.
The petition, backed by the NFRN
, the Association of News Retailing (ANR) and some MPs, calls on the OFT to re-examine the newspaper and magazine distribution industry, amid "concerns about anti-competitive behaviour".
has raised its concerns at all three Party Conferences and also in a full page advertisement in today's (October 9) issue of The Times.
also vowed to snub a round table meeting organised by the Press Distribution Forum in Scotland next month.
Meanwhile, the sale of newspapers and magazines continues to be dominated by the likes of WH Smith and Menzies, Latest figures from the NFRN
reveal that 510 member newsagents went bankrupt last year.
President of the Merseyside, Dee and North Wales district of the NFRN
, John Parkinson, said: "I find it almost impossible to comprehend a government can be so misguided to think it will have the desired effect.
said more the move by supermarkets into newspaper and magazine retailing had seen 13,000 independent local retailers go out to the wall in the last ten years.
LONDON -- Donegal newsagent and NFRN
member Maurice Timony will tomorrow morning lodge a High Court challenge to contest the Irish Governments ban on tobacco display.
Ireland put forward a number of proposals to the Committee which it believes would curtail the problem.
Trade bodies and charities such as the ACS, NFRN
and Retail Trust, meanwhile, have been on hand with help for retailers.
believe retailers should been titled to a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.
Craig, of Lancaster Drive, in Hadrian Park, Wallsend, was invited to a glittering celebration in Birmingham after being nominated by his boss and then put forward by the North East branch of the NFRN