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Yesterday proved to be a historic day. Not only did Bradley Wiggins become the first British man to win the Tour de France in its 99 year history, but across the country, retailers switched to the new "summer opening times". For the first time, shops on Sunday were open for much longer than the usual Sunday trading hours. (And, for those of us based in London this at last gave a tangible benefit of hosting the impending Games.) But, could measures like this actually be just what Britain needs to stimulate growth? On the basis that staff are able to opt out without damaging their careers, this potentially creates jobs, increases trade, reduces traffic congestion and allows working families to shop at a time that is convenient to them. Whilst the economy continues to languish in recession, is it not time that we look again at some of our restrictions on trade? It is just possible that a series of practical seemingly inconsequential measures like this might actually do more for business than many of the complex government backed schemes.
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