Retailers have again called for a freeze on the minimum wage in a meeting with the Low Pay Commission.

A delegation including Norfolk independent Nigel Dowdney and Tates managing director Geoff Hallam joined the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) in urging the Commission to resist upping the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in 2010 and 2011.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said that while the NMW was necessary for employees, the rate in which it had increased over the past decade was crippling retailers.

"Retailers support the minimum wage and we are proud that as an industry we provide flexible employment opportunities.

"But in the 10 years since its inception NMW has increased by an inflation-busting 60%. This means that retailers struggle to afford staff, cutting back hours, losing jobs and stalling important investment that would benefit the economy and the community. In these uncertain economic times, the right decision is to freeze the minimum wage."