The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on retailers to use the election result as an opportunity to engage with their MPs.

In the build-up to the General Election, the ACS urged retailers to invite candidates to stores in order to discuss the issues affecting the sector. With a new government in power, the trade body said that there is still an engagement opportunity.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We are delighted with the response from retailers throughout the campaign, who have been eager to engage with candidates and build relationships ahead of the General Election. Now that we have hundreds of new MPs, it’s crucial that we keep up the momentum so that retailers can engage with their local decision makers and highlight the work that they do in their communities.

“We look forward to engaging with the new Government on the importance of local shops throughout the UK. Convenience stores are essential community hubs, creators of secure, flexible local jobs, and accelerators of local growth.”

The ACS said that with Labour in power, the next step for the party is to set out its legislative agenda based on the commitments that were made in the manifesto during the campaign, and that the first opportunity for the new Government to do this will be in the Kings Speech, which is scheduled for July 17th. It forecast that there is then likely to be a major fiscal event such as an autumn budget or autumn statement, after the summer recess.