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Best Small Shops nominee Pennine Cycles once again commended with award

7 May 2021

Pennine Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

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Government Supports Amendment to Introduce Cashback Without Purchase

5 May 2021

The Government has agreed an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which will enable shops to offer cashback to customers without making a purchase.
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Free Whitepaper: How the retail sector can survive and thrive post-pandemic

29 Apr 2021

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Bank of England provide free training materials for checking bank notes

28 Apr 2021

The Bank of England has released free training materials for retailers with the aim of refreshing awareness of how to check banknotes.
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Single Use Carrier Bag Charge changes in England no longer coming into force as expected

27 Apr 2021

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Welsh Election Party Manifesto Briefings

26 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Welsh Parliamentary elections on 6th May.
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Scottish Election Party Manifesto Briefings

23 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 6th May.
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How Aldi's social media is rallying customers against competitors

22 Apr 2021

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400 shopworkers abused everyday as customers urged to "Shopkind"

22 Apr 2021

Members of the IRC and wider retail industry comes together to tackle verbal and physical abuse against shopworkers  


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Social media tips from indie businesses who have successfully diversified their proposition

14 Apr 2021

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Best Small Shops nominee Pennine Cycles once again commended with award

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

PenninePennine Cycles Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

The cycling industry has changed dramatically over recent years, particularly with the rise of the internet redefining how consumers make purchases. But bike shops will always be needed to offer expert advice and personal service to customers, and one store that has been leading the way in Bradford is Pennine Cycles, which has been owned by Paul and Sandra Corcoran for the last 21 years. 

In addition to their latest BikeBizAwards nomination, Sandra Corcoran was also shortlisted last year for BikeBiz Woman of the Year at the 2020, is designed to celebrate any woman who has made a marked impact in the cycle industry over the last year. "It was amazing and meant the world to me," Corcoran says on receiving the nomination. "It was exciting in these strange times."

Pennine Cycles specialises in road bikes but sells all bikes including children's, hybrids and BMXs as well as cycling accessories and apparel. It was established in 1946 and is also the manufacturer of the Pennine frameset, a steel, hand-built road frame custom-made to each customer's individual specification. The shop also includes a cycling gallery with lots of memorabilia. Staff are on hand to provide advice and share their knowledge.

In her interview last year for the Best Small Shops competition late last year, director Sandra Corcoran explained "We are passionate about cycling, we want to ensure people have a bike which fits them and is safe, not just sell them what we have in stock. Many of our customers have become friends due to the cycling connection made in our shop. We have built an engaged community both on and offline of cycling fans."

In addition to the main Best Small Shops award, Pennine Cycles was also commended for a special award to be given to the independent retailer that has demonstrated specific innovation to combat the impact of COVID-19. This award is sponsored by booost, the loyalty, gifting and promotions app.

Pennine Cycles and two other shops also appeared on Sky News' Ian King show in support of the Best Small Shops Competition 2020 shortlist announcement! You can watch the full interview for this here.

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