Campaigners are calling for people to become involved in a debate that explores the role of supermarkets in their lives and their communities.
The Competition Commission is currently investigating the dominance ofthe big supermarkets, which could affect the lives of millions in the UK and abroad. The inquiry started earlier this year and is looking at how supermarkets treat their suppliers, whether they are harming competition between retailers and whether the dominance of the big retailers is reducing choice for shoppers.
People have two months to submit their views, though many groups do not know the inquiry is happening. Activists are working with a major coalition of groups to raise awareness of their chance to have their say in supporting local retailers.
Nigel Dowdney, an independent retailer in Norfolk said, “The Competition Commission could give a great boost to local shops if it acts to rein in the big supermarkets. This could well be the last opportunity available to every one of us to have a say over the futureof independent food retail in this country.”
Shoppers, shopkeepers, farmers and anyone affected by the behaviour of supermarkets can add their voice from the Friends of the Earth Website, or contact the Commission personally and in confidence.
Contact ñFriends of the Earth
26-28 Underwood Street
020 7490 1555
The Competition Commission, The Inquiry Secretary, Competition Commission, Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AD
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