The Federation of Small Businesses has welcomed the Government's plan to introduce an independent adjudicator to ensure supermarkets deal fairly and lawfully with suppliers.
John Walker, National Chairman, said:
“The introduction of a Grocery Code Adjudicator should help provided it is given the power to impose significant financial penalties on offenders. In addition, it should be able to ‘name and shame’ offenders given that in many instances, the financial clout of large supermarket chains would allow them to pay any fines with ease.
“The Adjudicator’s remit also needs to go further than watching direct suppliers’ relationships with supermarkets. It should have some power over indirect suppliers’ relationships with supermarkets. Very few farmers deal directly with supermarkets so if the code is to protect them too, it needs to cover indirect supply as well.
The Queen's Speech debate always offers interesting insights into the state of play here at Westminster.
As the Queen announced this morning, the government says it’s putting the economy right at the heart of its agenda for the next year.
Unions and business leaders have reacted to the Government's proposals for the year after they were set out at the Opening of Parliament.