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Retail industry key recruiter of people from under-utilised sections of society

15 May 2024

A new report released on behalf of the Retail Sector Council has outlined the work that the industry is doing to create more career opportunities for people that would otherwise be... Read more…

Teacher and ice-cream store manager move from Australia to take over Halifax indie bookshop.

14 May 2024

A family of booklovers are moving from Australia to become the new owners of an independent bookshop in Halifax.
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Global Payments Report says consumer choice not just influencing but dictating the future of commerce.

14 May 2024

Worldpay’s 2024 Global Payments Report has revealed a transformative shift where consumer choice is not just influencing but dictating the future of commerce.
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Competition and Markets Authority says grocers need to prioritise accurate pricing.

13 May 2024

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called on grocers to prioritise accurate pricing following a review of the way in-store prices are displayed.
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Leicester indie retailers defend ‘special’ city centre after M&S announces closure.

13 May 2024

Independent businesses in Leicester have praised the “uniqueness” of the city and its "vibrant" atmosphere after the news that M&S was set to close drew a... Read more…

Independent shops better than big retailers at surviving COVID in the UK

1 May 2024

Small shops have been more "agile" at fighting COVID sale slumps than chain stores, according to a new report.
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Bike shops and cyclists alike urged to gear up to take advantage of Local Bike Shop Day 2024

30 Apr 2024

The UK’s estimated 7.6 million cyclists are being urged to get on their bikes on Saturday May 4th and head down to their local independent bike shop, as many prepare special activities to... Read more…

Peterborough store selling solely local products looks to expand.

29 Apr 2024

A Peterborough store stocking products solely from local entrepreneurs said it is bucking the High Street trend and looking to expand due to its success.
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BIRA launches ‘High Street Matters’ podcast for independent retailers

29 Apr 2024

BIRA is giving independent businesses across the UK a powerful new resource with the launch of its “High Street Matters” podcast.
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Tesco accused of undercutting local shops via its wholesale business.

29 Apr 2024

The Guardian has reported independent shopkeepers saying prices they pay at Tesco’s cash-and-carry arm Booker are often higher than in Tesco’s stores.
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One in three responds to Big Bike Revival to use bike for one in two journeys previously taken by car

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

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 those it has encouraged to cycle more cutting their car journeys by half.

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According to the charity, four in ten adults throughout the UK own a bike – but only 12% ride a bicycle once a month or more.

It says that in the year to March 2022, its initiative has encouraged more than 80,000 people to either start cycling, or to get back on their bike.

And in a follow-up survey conducted by Cycling UK after three months, 36 per cent of respondents said that they were now using two wheels for trips that they had previously undertaken by car.

The charity says that initiatives such as the Big Bike Revival “are essential to achieving government targets across the UK,” including “doubling cycling journeys in England by 2025, reducing car journeys by 20% in Scotland by 2030, significantly reducing car journeys in Wales by 2040 and for 20% of journeys under one mile to be cycled in Northern Ireland by 2025.”

Sarah Mitchell, CEO of Cycling UK, said: “These dramatic results show the difference it can make when we support people to cycle as a form of transport rather than a sport.

“The programme’s track record of getting people out of cars and onto a bike is a clear sign that people are willing to cycle when it is introduced to them in the right way. I’m especially pleased that the Big Bike Revival has reached people who don’t usually cycle, like women and people from minority ethnic groups.

“The Big Bike Revival is a blueprint of how to get more people in the UK cycling, particularly in harder to reach areas. This is vital as the need for cycling - a cheap and accessible form of transport - will only grow as the cost-of-living crisis deepens,” she added.

Jesse Norman, Minister at the Department for Transport, which has funded the initiative to the tune of £2 million, added: “It’s great news that this programme has transformed travel habits and given thousands of people the confidence to switch to cycling.

“The government has committed £600 million since the start of the pandemic to accelerate the use of active travel. It is a great way to get fit, save money and keep the planet green,” he added.

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