Offer with a twist

WE have been contacted by Sainsburys to let us know that they were going have a display board at their store to help promote local businesses and asking if would we like to have a panel on that board.

Admirable, I thought – a nice effort from a chain to help support the local community.

But they then went on to say that the cost would be £10 per week on a two year contract.

Not content with sucking business away from the town centre, they now additionally want local businesses to each contribute £520 per year in cash, with a guaranteed payment of £1,040.

A small origination fee would be reasonable, but I find this attempt by Sainsburys to extract tens of thousands of pounds out of the town centre businesses quite shocking.

Stuart Manley,

Barter Books,

Alnwick