HUNTER VOICES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL SHOPWORKERS

November 5, 2010 12:59 PM
HUNTER VOICES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL SHOPWORKERS

HUNTER VOICES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL SHOPWORKERS

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter has voiced his support for local shopworkers at a special event in Parliament held to celebrate the way retailers look after their staff.

The reception was held at the House of Commons by the British Retail Consortium, the lead trade body for the retail sector, and the All Party Retail Group, an official grouping of MPs and Lords who have all expressed an interest in retail businesses and retail staff. Mr Hunter passionately supports the retail businesses operating in the Cheadle constituency and as such was keen to attend the event.

The reception was addressed by Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who recognised how important it is that companies, large and small, view their staff as their best asset and reconfirmed the Government's commitment to support businesses across the UK.

The different types of skills and development training offered by a range of retailers were showcased at the reception, with the launch of a case study document by the British Retail Consortium. This demonstrates the range of training retailers offer their staff, underlying the commitment retail has to the three million people it employs. Shop floor staff spoke about the skills and development training they had received since they started working in retail.

Commenting, Mark said:

"It was a really useful to attend the event and hear directly from individual shop workers about their own job and experiences in the retail sector.

"I am a firm supporter of on the job training and companies supporting their staff to learn and develop and to hear directly about the experiences they have been given is very encouraging.

"Businesses in my constituency have been going through a tough time, with a fragile economy and customers worried about their personal finances.

"Hearing about retailers' commitment to the skills of their workforce, even during this difficult trading period is extremely reassuring and long may it continue."

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