Today the Scottish Government has launched a new consultation aimed at reducing obesity. Ministers propose a range of initiatives that will impact independent food retailers including a ban on price promotions and obligations regarding portion and calorie controls.
Andy Willox, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scottish policy convenor, said: “These proposals could have huge implications for Scotland’s independent food businesses, many of whom already face spiralling overheads and challenging competition.
Firms of this sort have faced a slew of recent regulatory changes. As a consequence, many Scottish businesses would argue that it can be challenging and costly to keep up with Holyrood’s demands.
“Before putting this plan into action, Ministers must understand the impact their proposals could have on every local fishmonger, takeaway, deli, corner-shop and baker. At a time when both the economy and the high street are on a knife edge, Scotland needs to ask whether these reforms are a sensible course of action.”