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Discover the latest trends at Fine Food Show North 2020

24 Jan 2020

This year's Fine Food Show North will be showcasing over 150 exhibitors, with new food and drink producers, products and trends all set to feature at this trade-only event.
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Nearly half of Buy Now Pay Later customers continue to be misled

20 Jan 2020

Recent findings show that over 40 per cent of shoppers areunaware that missing payments when using a Buy Now Pay Later service could harm their credit score.
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Indie Bookshop Turnaround using the Power of Twitter

17 Jan 2020

The Petersfield Bookshop is an independent bookshop based in Petersfield, Hampsire, that experienced an unlikely turnaround in just one night using the power of the internet.
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'Biggest Cash Increase Ever' to affect National Living Wage from April

15 Jan 2020

At £8.72 per hour, the National Living Wage will rise by 51p in April from its current rate of £8.21
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2019 Best Small Shops competition winner in the running for Shop of the Year 2020

14 Jan 2020

Papadeli, recognised by Indie Retail as the Best Small Shop of 2019, hasnow gone on to reach the final of Shop of the Year 2020, run by the Guild of Fine Food, in the Delicatessen & Grocer... Read more…

New Christmas film highlights the importance of shopping indie

19 Dec 2019

A new Christmas film produced by Lanther Black has encompassed all that is important about shopping independent this Christmas
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How The Arienas Collective are adapting to a changing market

18 Dec 2019

The Arienas Collective is looked at as an example of digital transformation of SMEs and how this may be affecting the future of commerce.
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Retail Week Live open for registration

17 Dec 2019

Retail Week Live is an inspirational two-day retail conference that provides leaders with the ideas, insight and networks to lead through digital transformation and win greater consumer... Read more…

New app helps convenience stores compete with supermarket giants

16 Dec 2019

Snappy Shopper has recently been introduced to the market as a new app that enables local independent shops to increase their sales through offering delivery.
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Hafod Hardware encourages people to shop local

5 Dec 2019

A christmas advert made by an independent hardware shop has become exceedingly popular across the UK within a matter of days
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Big ideas for Small Business Saturday

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Outdoor News

Small businesses are encouraged to think big for Small Business Saturday! Despite the event not happening until 7th December, the organisers are encouraging businesses to start thinking about it now and have said that "it is never too early" to start planning activities to increase the awareness and effectiveness of the event.


Small Business Saturday is an annual event that was initially started in America by American Airlines. It was bought to the UK as a way to improve sales for small businesses just before the Christmas shopping period and has been increasing in awareness and popularity ever since. In 2017 the event was estimated to have generated £748million, and this was increased even further in 2018 with an estimated spending of £812million.This increased spending may be a result of more people becoming aware of the event and choosing to spend more money with small businesses because of it.


The organisers of the event now want to increase this awareness even further and are encouraging small businesses to start thinking about the event now! Some suggestions have been provided which include communities organising street festivals, implementing online campaigns and collaborating with other local businesses to create themed activities.
Find out more about Small Business Saturday and find out how you can get involved by visiting their website here.

 

IncreBest Small Shopsase awareness of your small business


For small businesses that are looking to increase awareness and gain recognition of the entrepreneurship required to run an independent business, it would be a great opportunity to enter the Best Small Shops competition! The Best Small Shops competition celebrates, not only the commitment and creativity of entrepreneurial independent retailers on the UK's High Streets but also the central role independent retailers play in building local communities. Learn more about the Best Small Shops competition and how you can enter by clicking here!

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