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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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Activate Cycle Academy on The One Show to support BBC’s ‘Gift A Bike For Christmas’ campaign

Posted on in Cycles News, Outdoor News

Cytech training provider Activate Cycle Academy made it onto BBC television and radio this week as part of The One Show’s launch of a ‘Gift A Bike For Christmas’ campaign.

In conjunction with BBC Radio 2, the campaign is raising awareness of the benefits of restoring and redistributing children’s bikes across the UK. They worked with two local charities in the Newcastle area; Recyke y Bike and WATbike and were supported by Activate Cycle Academy's Cytech trainer in the North of England, Jack Swain, who was on hand, helping as the head mechanic signing off each bike.

One Show Gift a Bike In total on the night, 135 bikes were donated, saved from landfill with 40 bikes refurbished on the day. All of these have been assigned to families that need them the most in the Newcastle area. The remaining 95 have gone back to the charities for further restoration and to be gifted to more families in need this Christmas and in the new year.

“When Alex Jones comes up with the idea to give away bikes for Christmas to kids that could be without presents, and the BBC come knocking on the door to ask for help, you just can't say no,” says Jack.

On the morning it was -4 degrees and snowy but that didn't stop people turning up to gift old children's bikes and scooters. The team of mechanics got to work on lovingly restoring them to make some children's Christmas.”

One Show presenter Alex Jones said: “Every child should have the chance to learn to ride a bike, and with families facing an extra tough time this Christmas, we hope to spread a little joy by encouraging people to dig out their old bikes and donate them to good causes all over the UK. I can’t wait to see the smiles on faces across Newcastle as children receive their new bikes on The One Show, just in time for Christmas.”

Jack ACA One ShowThe mechanics all featured on the BBC throughout the day on The Zoe Ball Breakfast show on Radio 2, BBC Newcastle's Breakfast Show, BBC1's Morning Live and of course The One Show on BBC1. All these features can be re watched on BBC iPlayer or listened back to on BBC Sounds.

You can watch the clip of Jack on The One Show on the BBC iPlayer (06m35s), here.

For more information about the charities that featured and other similar ones around the country click here.


For more information on Cytech training courses please visit: cytech.training.






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