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Funding to support the high street

15 Apr 2019

Government funding is in place to support the high streets
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Making Tax Digital for VAT Business Webinars

12 Apr 2019

A further two webinars are taking place in April to provide businesses with the support needed to transition into the new Making Tax Digital scheme
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1/3 of traffic in fashion retail comes from mobile search

8 Apr 2019

A third of traffic and orders for large online fashion retail brands comes from mobile search and social. What can indie retail learn from this?
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Technology may hold the key

8 Apr 2019

Technology may be the key to competing with the larger brands, like Amazon
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Stationery Show London 2019

8 Apr 2019

Get ready for this year's Stationery Show London
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Changes to Wage Rates, Tax Rules and Business Rates

8 Apr 2019

Changes to wage rates, tax rules and business rates from the 1st of April
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Bring your craft store to life

5 Apr 2019

Visual merchandising tips to bring your craft store to life
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South Downs Bikes, back for another Local Bike Shop Day!

28 Mar 2019

South Downs Bikes has been around for 14 years and is now a renowned indie bicycle company with two shops in Storrington and Worthing
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Crime Report 2019

28 Mar 2019

ACS' Crime Report 2019 brought together responses from 7,000 stores
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Choosing a finance provider, avoid the pitfalls #2

26 Mar 2019

Following an increase of incoming calls querying finance providers in the cycles market, the ACT are publishing a mini-series to answer the trade's questions.
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2019-2020 Scottish Government's Budget

Posted on in Business News

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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