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Retail industry reacts to Chancellor’s mini budget

26 Sep 2022

Following the Chancellor’s mini-budget last week, the retail industry has been reacting to the support package for small businesses and independent shops….including some of the... Read more…

Indie Bookshops gear up for Bookshop Day

26 Sep 2022

Bookshop Day – the annual celebration of bookshops big and small taking place across the UK and Ireland – is coming up on Saturday 8 October and in many parts of the country plans... Read more…

Indie Retail welcomes government support for business energy bills

21 Sep 2022

Indie Retail has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will be funding support for business energy bills over the next six months.
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Business toolkit for Her Majesty's mourning

15 Sep 2022

BIES Retail has created a visual toolkit for all organisations, and the public sector during this time of mourning to show the country speaking with one voice of unity.
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Scots butcher shop loved by Royals recalls 'cheery' Queen

14 Sep 2022

The owner of a butcher ‘s shop in Ballater, Aberdeenshire has told the Daily Record of his shock at the death of the Queen, who was an often-seen figure in the town near Balmoral.
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£14 for a latte could become a reality, warn coffee shop owners

12 Sep 2022

The owners of a coffee shop in Kent have wanted that they may need to increase the price of coffees to £14 each to meet their rising energy costs.
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More than a third of business leaders would vote against UK ‘switch off’ law for employees

12 Sep 2022

Over a third of business leaders have said they would vote against the introduction of a law in the UK that would protect an employee’s right ‘to switch off’, similar to the... Read more…

Monday 19 September confirmed Bank Holiday

12 Sep 2022

It has been announced that Monday 19 September will be a national Bank Holiday to mark the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral.
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#BikeIsBest launches powerful billboard ad campaign

8 Sep 2022

We’re giving our support again to the #BikeIsBest campaign and particularly its latest billboard campaign which disputes the arguments that electric vehicles are a "catch-all" solution and... Read more…

Government Energy Support Package for Businesses

8 Sep 2022

The new Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced the much-anticipated support plan to help households and businesses cope with rising energy costs.
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Levelling Up plan to spread opportunity and prosperity throughout the country

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

The Houses of Parliament, budget 2020Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has published its Levelling Up White Paper, setting out the government's plans to spread opportunity and prosperity throughout the country.

The White Paper details twelve ‘key missions' to be achieved by 2030. These include:

  • Every part of England that wants one will have a devolution deal.
  • Reducing serious violence and neighbourhood crime particularly within the worst-affected areas.
  • Raising pride in place, including people's satisfaction with their town centre and community engagement.
  • Improving pay, employment and productivity across the UK.
  • Raising skills in the labour market, including 80,000 more people completing entry-level courses, guided by new Local Skills Improvement Plans.
  • Rolling out nationwide gigabit-capable broadband and 4G coverage, with 5G coverage for the majority of the population.
  • Improving wellbeing across the country and reducing gaps within regions.

The missions will be set in law by a forthcoming Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, which will also require the government to publish annual progress reports to be scrutinised in part by a new Levelling Up Advisory Council. The Bill is expected to be announced at the next Queen's Speech in May.

The White Paper itself includes underlying policy plans to:

  • Implement the £96bn Integrated Rail Plan, improving the rail network in the North and Midlands, and invest £24bn in our busiest roads and motorways, £5.7bn in City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements and £5bn for buses, cycling and walking networks.
  • Announce 68 more local authorities to be supported by the High Streets Task Force to invest in their town centres.
  • Require landlords of empty shops to fill them if they have been left vacant for too long.
  • Introduce an In-Work Progression Offer to help people on low incomes address barriers to better employment opportunities, building on the National Disability Strategy.
  • Publish a second report on rural proofing in the Spring to ensure rural circumstances are considered during policy development.
  • £50m annually through the Safer Streets Fund to tackle anti-social behaviour.
 

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