Belfast Telegraph

Competition fears trigger funfair probe

By Ravender Sembhy

The competition watchdog is investigating the £100m funfair market amid concerns that punters are being taken for a ride.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is alleging that the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain is restricting competition and reducing the potential for new attractions to join fairs.

It claims that the guild's rules restrict members who make up 90% of the travelling fairs sector in the UK from competing with one another to organise or attend fairs and also stop members from starting new fairs.

The CMA said that this state of affairs potentially limits the choice of millions of fair-goers and deprives them of access to improved attractions.

Belfast Telegraph