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Shop occupancy rates improve despite cost-of-living crisis

30 Jan 2023

The number of shops lying vacant on British high streets fell during the final three months of 2022, despite pressure on both companies and consumers from the rising cost of living.
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Bike Europe has reported Halfords’ financial statement demonstrating that cycling sales have dropped to pre-covid levels.

18 Jan 2023

The article reports that, in 2021, Halfords saw its annual cycling sales double and stocks dry up. However, by the middle of 2022, it says, warning signs were appearing as inflation and supply... Read more…

Seaside town bucks the trend with indie retail thriving

16 Jan 2023

Weston-super-Mare seems to be one town in the UK bucking the national trend, with new shops opening and businesses reporting an increase in trade, according to a report by Bristol Live.
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Indie bookshop numbers hit 10-year high in 2022 defying tough retail climate

16 Jan 2023

The number of independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland climbed to a 10-year high in 2022, as the book trade defied the odds in an otherwise tough year for high street retailers.
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New King’s banknotes to enter circulation by mid-2024

12 Jan 2023

New banknotes featuring King Charles are to enter circulation by mid-2024. The King’s portrait will appear on four polymer banknotes (£5, £10, £20, and £50).... Read more…

Government scales back energy bill support for businesses

12 Jan 2023

The government has announced it is to scale back support for businesses and their energy bills after warning that the current level of help was too expensive.
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Sector expertise and user experience counts when it comes to retail finance

10 Jan 2023

With retail finance schemes remaining a preferable route for retailers to boost sales during recession than the financial hit required by heavy product discounting, the Association of Cycle... Read more…

Portugal becomes first EU country to cut VAT on bicycle purchases this year

10 Jan 2023

Portugal has become the first EU country to cut VAT on bicycle purchases this year, from 23% to 6%.
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One in three responds to Big Bike Revival to use bike for one in two journeys previously taken by car

9 Jan 2023

Cycling UK says that its Big Bike Revival programme, which encourages people to get unused bikes out of their garages and sheds and start using them for everyday trips, has led to a third of... Read more…

Busiest year yet for TfL’s cycle hire scheme

9 Jan 2023

Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme saw more bikes hired during 2022 than any other year in the scheme’s history, with 11.5 million rentals across the year.
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Maybe* gives shoppers the chance to win £100 for Independent's Day

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Independents' Day weekend is taking place from 2-3 July 2022. It's designed for retailers and all those that manage places across the UK.

To celebrate Maybe* have got a tailor-made competition you can share across social media to encourage your customers to shop indie. Ten lucky winners will score £100 to spend. It works for EVERY independent retailer in every location in the UK. Here's how you can get involved.


How to get involved with the Independents' Day competition


We want to reward shoppers who spend locally over Independents' Day weekend with an incentive. To enter they need to follow Local Rewards on Instagram and show us what they've bought from an Independent Retailer.

But, you don't need to worry about doing the heavy lifting or the funding as we've created a killer comp in partnership with Independents' Day UK and the UK's Social Media Competitions expert, Di Coke. AKA "Super Lucky Di".

The competition is ready for you to share and comes complete with all the terms and conditions, social posts for you to share and we're funding the prizes. All you need to do is promote the competition and encourage your followers to enter by sharing the post which details all the ways they can enter.

There are a few ways you can easily share the Independents Day competition to your own social media followers to help get the message out. Here we break them down for you.

Sharing the competition to your Instagram Stories

First of all you can choose to reshare the post to your Instagram Stories. Simply click the paper plane below the post, choose 'Add post to Your Story' and then use the 'Aa' to add any of your own text such as:

Shop with us/Shop with your favourite local independent retailer this weekend – TEN winners will WIN BACK THEIR SPEND, up to £100 cash!

Share a photo of your purchase with #UKindieday & #MyIndieDayBuy

 


Create your own Instagram post

Download the campaign image and create your own Instagram post. Add the post caption as below:

@localrewardschat are running a fantastic competition to celebrate #UKindieday.

Simply spend with us/spend with a local independent retailer on Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 July, then snap a photo of your purchase and share on Instagram, tagging us/the retailer and adding #UKindieday & #MyIndieDayBuy

TEN random winners will be chosen from all entries and will win back their spend, up to £100!

See the @LocalRewardsChat competition post for full details and T&Cs. Closing date is 5 July 2022.

Tweet all about it

Download the campaign image and add it to a tweet. Here's a bit of copy you easily copy and paste to send out to the Twittersphere.

Planning to visit us or your favourite local retailer this weekend to celebrate #ukindieday? Snap a photo of your purchase and you might be one of ten lucky shoppers to win back their spend! Find out more at https://www.instagram.com/p/CfJbjBiqBUe/

Post on Facebook

Download the campaign image and post it to your Facebook page with the following caption.

Shop with us/Shop with your favourite local independent retailer this weekend and you’ll have the chance to WIN BACK YOUR SPEND - ten winners will be chosen to win back up to £100 cash! Share a photo of your purchase on Instagram, tag the retailer and add #UKindieday & #MyIndieDayBuy!


Find out more about Independent's Day here.

 

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