The formation of a Retail Sector Council to represent the needs of the UK retail sector is a win-win situation for all, a retailer has told RN. 

The council, which will act as an official government body, was launched by retail minister Andrew Griffiths last week, with the aim of uniting all UK retail sectors so they can share best practice as a collective.

Joe Williams, of The Village Shop in Banbury, said: “Having a formal body that actually acts as an advisor to the government is certainly a way forward.”

James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores will sit as one of the 12 council members.