Piush Patel, who runs Leaders in South London’s Deptford, just wanted to have a little moan. “I tried to cancel my NFRN membership. Guess what? Takes three months to cancel and we have to write in.”

He has been a member for 30 years and I think he did some multiplication involving the cost of weekly membership versus any benefits over three decades.

He adds: “Our own, so-called trade body is shafting us. So angry! A little article would help.”

Well, there you go Piush. Hope you feel better now.

I would point out, though, that the various federations and associations available to the sector do a lot of work behind the scenes lobbying on behalf of all independent retailers. And the NFRN does offer a legal helpline as well.