New Year’s Day Trading for Large Retailers

Closed 24 Aug 2021

Opened 15 Jun 2021

Results updated 17 Dec 2021

This consultation is closed. Please see the links below for futher information.


Published responses

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We are consulting with employees and retail businesses on whether the law should be changed to close large retail businesses on New Year’s Day. A large shop is defined as one with a relevant floor area over 280 square metres (for comparison purposes a tennis court is 260 square metres). The relevant area is defined as the area being used for making retail sales or displaying goods in connection with such sales and which is available to the public. The definition of “retail sale” makes clear that it is opening for the purpose of retailing goods to the general public.

Why your views matter

The Christmas Day and New Year's Day Trading (Scotland) Act 2007 makes it possible for the law that closes large retailers on Christmas Day to also apply to New Year’s Day. The Scottish Government agreed to hold a consultation on whether to enact this legislation.

Read the consultation paper. 

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence. The Scottish Government will publish responses, where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and a report summarising responses will also be made available. The data collected will be analysed and this evaluation will be considered by Scottish Ministers to determine if they wish to pursue the enactment of legislation. If they do determine the need for legislation then the summary of the data will be presented in summary to the Scottish Parliament.


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