Retail NI Outlines Compromise Option on Belfast Sunday Trading Dispute

In a Summit meeting yesterday with Belfast City Council, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, USDAW and other key stakeholders, Retail NI outlined a compromise option to the on-going dispute over extending Sunday Trading hours for large retailers in Belfast.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“At the Summit we outlined a proposal for a Small Shop Sunday campaign, which will promote and encourage shoppers and tourists to support the city’s smaller retailers on a Sunday morning between 11am-1pm. Large retailers would continue to trade from 1pm onwards”

“This proposal would offer visitors something different for Sunday morning and could showcase Belfast’s fantastic independent retailers through a dynamic social media campaign and increased animation”

‘Our proposals have the support of the shop workers union USDAW and could provide tourists with something different on a Sunday morning. It does not require any changes to the existing Sunday Trading legislation and we believe it is a fair compromise”

“We have seen how successful campaigns such as Small Business Saturday have had a real positive impact on independent retailers and we believe our Small Shop Sunday idea would address the central issue of providing activity on a Sunday morning which is distinctive to the rest of the week”

“Small Shop Sunday could be implemented over a three month pilot, starting from July and evaluated in October”

“We have always said that just allowing large multinational retailers to open on a Sunday morning lacked imagination and new thinking is required”


Glyn Roberts 07515710517