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Government pressures banks to support small independent businesses

3 Apr 2020

The Business Secretary has called on high street lenders to ease access to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS) for small independent retailers during the crisis.
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National Living Wage Increases and Future Targets

2 Apr 2020

The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates increased yesterday, following recommendations made to the Government by the Low Pay Commission
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Local Bike Shop Day 2020 postponed following retailer vote

31 Mar 2020

As Local Bike Shop Day is a day encompassing the whole trade, the final judgement was given to the bike shops that had signup to take part. Out of all the respondents the overwhelming majority -... Read more…

IRC supports Government's challenge to business insurers

31 Mar 2020

The Treasury Select Committee led by Mel Stride MP, has challenged the Association of British Insurers (ABI) regarding the support offered to business via their members, with specific regard to... Read more…

Nearst enables you to stay in contact with your customers via Whatsapp

27 Mar 2020

ActSmart partner NearSt introduce the option to add WhatsApp chat functionality on your NearSt shop page!
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eBay Supports Small Businesses by Waiving Fees

27 Mar 2020

eBay has today pledged to support small business owners by offering a 30day payment holiday for existing sellers and is waiving fees for all new businesses registering to list or sell until... Read more…

Deferral of VAT payments as a result of COVID-19

27 Mar 2020

UK VAT registered business with VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 have the option to defer the payment until a later date or pay the VAT due as normal
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance

27 Mar 2020

Check if you could be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
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Government Announces Three Month Extension for Businesses to File Accounts

26 Mar 2020

The deadline for filing all accounts will be extended by three months for businesses that have been affected by Covid-19
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Help with non-domestic rates in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19)

25 Mar 2020

To help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Scottish Government has made changes to non-domestic rates (business rates) for 2020-21.... Read more…

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London goes traffic-free this Sunday

Posted on in Cycles News, Outdoor News

Eighteen London boroughs will take part in World Car Free Day, with 20 kilometres of road to be closed around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London on Sunday 22 September 2019.

London boroughs are also organising events including collaborating with residents to create local safe spaces where children can play and communities can get together.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has a target of 80% of all journeys to be taken via sustainable modes of transport by 2041, compared to the 63% today.

"Air pollution has become a silent killer around the world. This is not merely rhetoric, but an inescapable reality-backed up by cold, hard facts-and one that demands urgent action from our political leaders."- Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

 

There are many other cities around the world that will be joining in on the day as well. London, Seoul and Santiago are just a few of the cities that are taking part in the UN Environment Programme's Breathe Life network working to beat air pollution in urban areas. The network so far consists of 63 cities, regions and countries covering a population of 271 million citizens with a goal to implement the necessary regulations and create conditions to tackle the air pollution crisis.

Some cities within the network have already excelled passed what is expected, for example, Paris has so far been car free in the city centre on the first Sunday of each month since September 2018. Spanish cities, which include Madrid and Barcelona, are in the process of banning the most polluting cars from the city centres.

World Car-Free Day is celebrated every 22nd of September around the globe where people are encouraged to use public or non-motorized transport such as walking or cycling to get around. This Sunday, ensure you join the global celebrations and leave your car at home, to #BeatAirPollution. 

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