A report published today by the Association of Convenience Stores reveals that Post Offices and convenience stores are the nation’s favourite high street shops and services for the third year running.
In addition, Consumers and Councillors have voted Post Offices as having the ‘Most Positive Impact’ on communities.
Post Offices were also one of the top five services that people wanted to see more of in their local area. Others include specialist food shops, banks and non-food retailers like hardware and clothing stores.
This report is great news for our business, and builds on the encouraging report published last month by Citizens Advice on Consumer Use of Post Offices.
Kevin Gilliland, Chief Executive of Retail business said: “It’s extremely rewarding to see that both consumers and local councillors, who are at the heart of communities, have voted our services as having the most positive impact in local areas.
“This report highlights the continued and essential role that post offices play in communities throughout the UK. With a trusted network of 11,500 branches, and with 99.7% of people in the UK living within just three miles of a Post Office, we are uniquely placed to bring a range of vital services to people across the country – from convenience retail and banking services as well as mails, government services and bill payments. And it’s not just customers who see the benefits of our services: local economies gain around £300K of value from a Post Office being located near a high street.
“Particularly when it comes to banking, Post Office branches can often be a real lifeline for households and small businesses within communities. In partnership with the banking industry, we have secured access to almost every UK bank account for our customers. So whether there is still a bank nearby, or whether a community is struggling with limited access to a bank, we are right there to offer a range of every day banking services in all our Post Office branches, from cash deposits and withdrawals, to balance enquiries.
“We’re proud to play this critical role in supporting local communities to thrive and we look forward to doing so for many generations to come.”