Yesterday, the Competition and Markets Authority issued a Statement of Objections alleging that certain Rules of the Showmen’s Guild are potentially restrictive practices and may constitute a breach of Competition Law.
However, the CMA made it clear that these are provisional findings and no conclusion can be drawn at this stage that there has been any breach of Competition Law. The CMA also stated that it would carefully consider representations from The Guild before deciding whether there has been any breaches.
The Guild does not believe that these Rules breached Competition Law. It is also notes that the Guild Rules were looked at by the Office of Fair Trading a decade ago and no breach of Competition Law was found.
The Guild will be making robust representations to the CMA once it has considered the CMA’s provisional findings.