The popularity of 24-hour call centres has prompted the government to launch a consultation on plans to allow local areas to decide whether large bricks-and-mortar shops should stay open for longer on Sundays.
While call centres can use telephone technology to use virtual landlines that can be routed to anywhere in the world, bricks-and-mortar stores must be staffed by people living near its physical location.
The consultation could give local authorities the power to decide whether the residents they represent should have their needs reflected by shops and high streets being open until later in order to compete with online retailers.
The current Sunday trading laws were introduced over 20 years ago – this was before high street shops faced competition from online retailers. The law prevents big stores from opening for over six hours, with small shops covering less than 3,000 square feet, allowed to open all day.
Research has shown that extending opening hours by just two hours in London, would create almost 3,000 jobs, and generate over £200m in extra income.
Paris has recently extended Sunday trading opening hours in areas of international tourism. As well as this, shops in Dubai and New York open into the evening seven days a week.
The consultation is open until 16 September 2015, so make sure you have your say.
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