The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is hoping to make Members of the European Parliament aware of the importance of preserving the future of the UK's local shops.
As Convenience Store went to press, the ACS was due to meet leading MEPs in Brussels, including Labour MEP for the Lake District and chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, Arlene McCarthy.
The meeting has been organised ahead of the ACS-sponsored series of fringe meetings at this year's political party conferences. The impact of the supermarkets on the convenience sector was expected to be high on the agenda.
ACS government affairs manager Shane Brennan said the meeting would enable the association to get its voice heard in Europe. He added: "We want MEPs to understand who we are and what we want to highlight.
"The issues we will be discussing include the growth of the supermarkets and the investigation by the Competition Commission. We will also be looking at subjects including the EU Working Time Directive and food safety legislation."