Ian Swithenbank, Chairperson
Grant Davey, Leader
Val Tyler, Deputy
Robert Arckless, Secretary
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Tesco moves to block ‘cross border Off Sales'
Liberals urged to think about jobs rather than votes as supermarket giant acts to ‘entice customers to stay North of Border’.
Super market giant Tesco have moved to tackle the flow of Scots across the border seeking to take advantage of cheaper alcohol costs as the Scottish government introduces the policy of minimum unit pricing of booze designed to tackle the effects of ‘binge drinking’.
Moves by the Scottish Government to ban so called ‘multi buy offers from 'off sales' in shops and supermarkets have met with a pointed campaign by the supermarket giant which is also one of the largest employers in Northumberland.
Respected trade magazine, the Scottish Grocer has reported ‘that 'Off Sales' in Scotland had dipped slightly as people travelled south to stock up in English shops primarily in Cumbria and Northumberland.
Tesco have sent its Scottish customers, thousands of emails pointing out that if they bought via Tesco’s wine store, the wine is sent from Daventry, Northamptonshire, and thus immune from the multi-buy ban and this marks a change in approach from the big four supermarkets with some leading supermarkets such as Morrisons and Sainsburys, who have absorbed the change. It is believed that the market share of these supermarkets has remained stable
Northumberland Labour Group who have called for the county council to launch an advertising campaign to highlight the opportunities offered to Northumberland’s shops by taking advantage of the Scottish Government move to stop multi-buy alcohol sales have reacted to Tesco’s move
Northumberland Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said:
"It’s a pity our suggestion to use Northumberland’s economic advantage has been misconstrued by the Liberal administration at County Hall. We’ve put forward a sensible idea which reflected an opportunity to help businesses in Northumberland as a whole but from Berwick in particular. The county and the town have some of the lowest levels of disposable income in Britain and we saw this as a trading and jobs opportunity to help tackle that imbalance. We’re disappointed that the Liberal Democrats in County Hall and Sir Alan Beith in Berwick have, in our view, deliberately sought to play politics with an issue which is already benefiting the economy of Cumbria but it’s indicative of a party that isn’t interested in jobs and better living standards for the people of Northumberland’.
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