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Search For Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019 Gets Underway

4 Jul 2019

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), begins today with a focus on consumer engagement and how... Read more…

Rising costs halt plans for walking and cycling crossing

25 Jun 2019

The plans for a new Thames walking and cycling crossing from Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe in London have been halted due to the rising costs
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Get involved in Local Bike Shop Day

24 Jun 2019

Local Bike Shop Day celebrates independent bike shops all around the UK
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Huge increase in e-bike sales expected

12 Jun 2019

The e-bike market is forecasted to grow further across the UK competing with the car for short distances.
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How retailers are responding to online growth

12 Jun 2019

The growth of the online market space within retail is having a wider effect on the high street.
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Effective email marketing campaigns

12 Jun 2019

Newsletters are an incredibly popular means to engaging with consumers but on any given day our inboxes are flooded with a plethora of automated email newsletters, so how do you stand out?
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Report on violence in your store

12 Jun 2019

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Home Office have been campaigning to raise awareness of violence and abuse towards retailers to encourage action and change.
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Love to Ride & The ACT

5 Jun 2019

Getting more people on bikes and using their local bike shops is a shared goal of Love to Ride and the ACT so we are doing it together.
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A guide to building a landing page

30 May 2019

15 key things to check when building a landing page Read more…

The UK high street retail sector

29 May 2019

A new survey focusing on small retail businesses has revealed a few surprising findings.
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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.

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The budget document is available in full here.

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