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IRC launches ‘We are open' online directory to promote small shops and business still open

14 May 2020

Open shops and small businesses are urged to add themselves to the new ‘We are open' interactive map
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FCA seeks legal judgement to clarify whether insurers should pay CV-19 claims made by firms

14 May 2020

More than a million businesses forced to close during the coronavirus lockdown may know whether insurers will have to pay previously rejected business interruption claims in a matter of... Read more…

Free ActSmart subscription to help businesses through Covid-19

14 May 2020

ActSmart are offering three months of FREE access to to a range of services and support with the ActSmart bronze subscription in return for a small charitable donation
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250 free-of-charge digital Out of Home campaigns offered to local businesses

13 May 2020

Free Out of Home campaigns will help local entrepreneurs across the UK to highlight how they've adapted to continue trading in the current circumstances.
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Working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches

13 May 2020

A summary of the specific guidance for shops on working safely
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How consumer behaviour has changed among the British public in the face of COVID-19

10 May 2020

Recent research undertaken by the Institute of Customer Service displays evidence that the British public now place higher value on customer service that they did before COVID-19
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Government will deliver a "tapered" end to furlough scheme

5 May 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised there will be no "cliff-edge" cut-off to the government's job retention scheme to support workers through the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus Testing available for shop workers

30 Apr 2020

The Government has extended COVID-19 testing to essential workers with symptoms and people who live with essential workers and have symptoms. This includes anyone with symptoms whose work cannot... Read more…

Best practice on offering and processing ‘card not present' payments

23 Apr 2020

This guidance is designed to inform retailers about best practice on offering and processing ‘card not present' payments during the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Get ready to make your claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme today!

20 Apr 2020

As of today employers can make a claim through the Job Retention Scheme if they have put their employees on temporary leave (furlough) because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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WANTED: Government Support for Retail Owners

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

The ACT has identified that the great majority of IBD owners will not be supported by the Government's current support schemes, where they have been enforced to close. This shortfall already applies to many of our Independent Retail Confederation (IRC) colleagues, from hairdressers to booksellers; all micro retailer, limited company directors and shareholders.

The ACT has initiated a campaign through the IRC and its 100,000+ strong retail network to support retail owners with a scheme comparable to the Job Retention Scheme for our employees.

The proposal highlights the dependency of the speciality retail business sector upon the ownership; the sacrifices owners make to keep the retail sector running and their personal reliance upon generating profits to provide the dividends they require to fund their businesses, pay their staff and live!

Through the Independent Retailers Confederation, the ACT are urging Government to implement a financial support programme for our members NOW!


Reader Comments (4)

So will there be any help for those of us on low income, rent to pay but no business rates? Mine are included in the rent, does that mean my landlord will pocket the grant?

David Beacham, 6 Apr 2020

Rates are charged to the occupier(s) of a building, not the landlord unless they also run a business from the building – either way you should still be paying rates or have Small Business Rates Relief. I'm in a building with 2 other businesses and the 3 business here are all eligible for SBRR, so we each receive the govt. grant - the landlord doesn't have a physical business presence in the building, so doesn't get the grant. You umay want to check with your local authority although it may be too late to rectify.

Robert Wade, 7 Apr 2020

What we'd like the ACT to do is push for a 'half-furlough' scheme. We're open 50% of the time with around 50% income. With six staff we can't simply furlough three - we all have different skills and work as a team. The support we need is 40% of wages for all (half-time) staff rather than 80% for some of our employees. Please can the ACT look into this issue.

Lucy Hall, 10 Apr 2020

Hi Lucy,apologies for the delay in replying. We've noted your request and will take it forward to our peers at the Independent Retailers Confederation to see if there have been any other similar requests.

Tabitha ActSmart, 12 Apr 2020

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