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2019-2020 Scottish Government's Budget

13 Dec 2018

The 2019-2020 Scottish Budget plan provided by ACS outlines the spending commitments from the Scottish Government with regards to retail.
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Free independent retailer training

12 Dec 2018

Mid Sussex District Council is offering local retailers to sign up now for free training to keep Mid Sussex high streets vibrant and alive.
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Best Small Shops Winner 2018

12 Dec 2018

A combined bookshop, café, deli & homeware shop based in St Boswells, in the rural Scottish Borders, has been named Britain's Best Small Shop of 2018 at an event at the Houses of... Read more…

booost pre-registration competition winners announced

10 Dec 2018

To promote the coming-soon loyalty, gifting and promotions app - booost, a competition was run offering retailers free access and prizes.
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UK retail sees a bigger shift to online

10 Dec 2018

The UK retail market sees more money spent online than on the high streets
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Britain's Best Bike Mechanic 2018 in association with Park Tool

5 Dec 2018

Earlier this year Cycling Weekly and MBR set out to find Britain's Best Bike Mechanics in association with Park Tool and supported by British Cycling, with the final held at ATG Training's new... Read more…

What can help retailers stand out?

5 Dec 2018

Delivery services offered by retailers can help them stand out from their competition. But there are elements that make the difference.
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Taxing online sales may be the way to save the high street

5 Dec 2018

Tax retailers that make more than 20% of turnover online, all the while subsidising high streets through cheaper rates is the way to save the high street.
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3rd of sales took place online on Black Friday, this isn't a positive

5 Dec 2018

Black Friday has become an overwhelming online event, suggested through the online sale figures.
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April 2019 NLW and NMW rates

3 Dec 2018

The Low Pay Commission report 2018 has been published with recommendations for NLW and NMW rates to apply from April 2019
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2019-2020 Scottish Government's Budget

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Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, has delivered the Scottish Government's Budget for 2019-2020. There are certain elements that are relevant to the convenience sector.

A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

The budget has acknowledged that the Scottish Government will be "legislating for an ambitious deposit return scheme that will work for everyone". The budget confirms that £20 million of funding for Zero Waste Scotland will be used to support the design and implementation work for a deposit return scheme.

Business Rates Reliefs

The budget has confirmed that there will be below inflation increases in the business rates multiplier and the continuation of the Small Business Bonus Scheme. Expansions to existing properties are not subject to business rates for 12 months. In 2019, primary legislation will be introduced in order to deliver other recommendations from the Barclay Review including measures to improve administration, fairness and a move to a three-year revaluation cycle.

Public Health

The new budget reiterates the Government's commitment to their respective alcohol and tobacco strategies. The budget highlights the interest and need for consultation of restricting the promotion and marketing of HFSS to tackle obesity. The Government has also committed to delivering "Best Start Foods" which will provide support for low income families to access a healthy and nutritious diet.

Town Centres

The Government is looking to create a £50 million Town Centre Fund to enable local authorities to support the wide range of investments, encouraging town centre to diversify, flourish and become sustainable places for the local communities and visitors to live, work and enjoy. 

Electric Vehicles

The Government is committed to investing £50 million in low carbon transport measures, including the expansion of Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure to support the ongoing target to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032.

Town centre 

The budget document is available in full here.

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