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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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How did you celebrate #NationalFitnessDay?

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Outdoor News

National Fitness Day is an event organised every year on the 25th September by not-for-profit health body ukactive. The aims of the day involves highlighting the crucial role that physical activity plays across the UK and helping to raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.

According to a study undertaken by the World Health Organisation last year the UK is ranked 123rd out of 168 nations for physical inactivity. The average UK adult spends more than twice as long making tea as they do exercising, according to new research commissioned by ukactive.

"Brits spend twice as long making tea per week as exercising"- ukactive 

Physical inactivity has been listed as a leading cause of preventable diseases and conditions such as type-2 diabetes, some cancers and osteoporosis. Being more active is not only proven to improve our physical health, it also has an incredible effect on our mental health, our confidence and development, our social connections and our communities.

National Fitness Day sees thousands of events taking place across the UK, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds and encouraging them to try new activities! Activities can involve "plank offs", yoga and pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks and many more. The website even includes an Activity Finder which enables you to type your post code in and take part in events near you!

A number of ways that you can prepare for next year's National Fitness Day include running or hosting an event in celebration, encouraging your local schools to get involved, spreading the word to your workplace and getting active and joining in! Share your progress on social media platforms with #NationalFitnessDay and inspire others around you to take part!

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