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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…

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme Advice for employers

24 Mar 2020

Tthe latest information on how employers can access the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) to continue paying 80% of the salary for employees that would otherwise have been laid off or made... Read more…

The Government's latest COVID-19 resources for retailers

16 Mar 2020

Resources for retailers with regard to the developing situation on COVID-19 including workplace absences, travel advice, office hygiene, the 2020 Budget and sick pay.
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How your independent shop will be affected by the budget

12 Mar 2020

How the Chancellor's Budget will affect independent shops as it sets out the Government's fiscal measures and response to Coronavirus

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Local Bike Shop Day Stories: Rides on Air

11 Mar 2020

Rides on Air has been in Wallingford town centre for almost 100 years. Read about how they will be celebrating Local Bike Shop Day this year!
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LCC's Climate Campaign

Posted on in Cycles News, Political News

The LCC (London Cycling Campaign) believe that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity, and they has a long history in campaigning for London to become a greener city through having fewer cars and better cycling infrastructure. 

A recent blog post written by Fran Graham for the LCC looks at how London must act quickly to become a decarbonised, zero-emissions city. Graham delves into the climate crisis that we are currently facing that is claiming victims, causing damage and affecting the world's poorest countries.

How London become a net zero emission city

The efforts made by the Mayor of London are acknowledged as a positive step by declaring a climate emergency, it is argued that his efforts are not good enough and targets are too far away. The city of London is encouraged to lead the way and influence the global response to the climate emergency. Graham argues that London needs to encourage zero-emission modes of transport such as walking and cycling by making the streets feel safer through a high-quality cycle network. This would include higher capacity-cycle routes being constructed around London and placing bollards in residential areas that block rat-runs. This would be a cheap and effective method of encouraging cycling and reducing congestion.

"Two-thirds of car trips made by Londoners could be cycled in less than 20 minutes"

A cure for London's car addiction is theorised through introducing a smart road user charging system. This differs from the Congestion Charge that was introduced 15 years ago as the pricing system is adapted to each vehicle. The amount of money charged would alter based on factors such as the time of day and the emissions that the vehicle emits. Money from the smart road user charging system would go towards supporting sustainable travel projects.

What next for LCC?

Towards the end of 2019, LCC will be launching a new campaign to decarbonise London's road transport. To keep up to date with the campaign visit lcc.org.uk/climate.

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