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Welcome to Keep Sunday


This week we mark the twentieth anniversary of the commencement of the provisions of the Sunday Trading Act (1994). This, most regrettably, allowed larger stores (ie, those over 3,000 sq ft) to open for a maximum of six hours between 10am and 6pm. The Keep Sunday Special Campaign, along with faith groups, trade unions, business organisations, sports bodies, community leaders and countless families and individuals, opposed this. We believe that Sunday should be a time for family, friends and community. We believe in time to rest and enjoy ourselves. We believe in working hard and living life to the full. And we believe in keeping just one day a week a bit special. We don't want to tell people how to live their lives, but we do believe there is a need to protect the things that matter most. In brief, we believe that there are five main to keep Sunday special: Protecting Relationships, Preserving Community, Saving Local Business, Respecting Faith and Getting Rest.

KSS will continue to resist any further attempts to extend Sunday trading. Those giant companies which are urging further change have only their own advantage in view: to try to get a higher market share at the expense of their rivals, the wellbeing of their employees and the social capital of the country.

So let’s pay attention to the words of highly successful retailers who see the bigger picture and who can take the longer view.  Justin King, until recently chief exec of Sainsbury’s: “Our customers aren’t asking for it. I’ve never had a letter from a customer saying, ‘Please campaign for longer opening hours on Sunday’. The compromise that has been reached is, essentially, to keep Sunday special”. Sir Stuart Rose, former M and S chairman recently said of Sunday trading: “The fact of the matter is you simply spread the same amount of business over a longer period, but with more operating costs. It’s a zero sum game. Besides, if you can’t do your shopping in the time already available, what hope is there!”

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Keep Sunday Special has recently released a new leaflet about our campaign and the reasons why Sunday should be kept special. Click here to see it! We would be very happy to send you some of these leaflets to share with friends and others: please get in touch.

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Sainsbury's against relaxing Sunday trading hours


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KSS releases a new video


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KSS calls on Chancellor not to repeat his shameful posturing this year


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Keep Sunday Special
is a campaign of
Relationships Foundation
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