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Budget leaves retail sector disappointed with support offered by the Chancellor

16 Mar 2023

Industry experts and trade associations in the retail sector have been expressing their disappointment at the support offered to retailers in the Chancellor’s Budget.
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UK home entertainment market enjoys its tenth consecutive year of growth.

15 Mar 2023

The UK home entertainment market enjoyed its tenth consecutive year of growth in 2022 to reach a record, according to figures published by the Entertainment Retailers Association.
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Retailers face up to £1m fines for underage knife sales under new sentencing guidelines

14 Mar 2023

Retailers caught selling knives to children in England and Wales could face a £1m fine when new sentencing guidelines come into effect on 1 April.
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80% of British public want card payment fees slashed as the cost-of-living crisis hits businesses

14 Mar 2023

New data shows that a majority of the UK public oppose the rising and unregulated costs British businesses face for simply accepting payments. With the cost of doing business at record levels,... Read more…

How independents can become more sustainable

13 Mar 2023

From saving energy and lighting costs, to using biodegradable packaging and prolonging a product’s lifespan, Drapers Magazine has been looking at how independent retailers can improve... Read more…

Over 160,000 SMEs without mandatory employers’ liability insurance risk fines and prosecution

3 Mar 2023

More than 160,000 small businesses in the UK with between one and nine employees will not have employer’s liability insurance by the end of the year, according to new research from Smart... Read more…

Bakers showing resilience despite cost pressures

3 Mar 2023

Britain’s bakers are showing great resilience despite continued cost and operational pressures, according to industry groups.
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New research shows local high streets & shopping centres more resilient than major shopping hubs in cost-of-living crisis

3 Mar 2023

New data from commercial property specialist Colliers shows that in the face of the UK’s cost of living crisis, minor retail destinations such as local high streets and shopping centres... Read more…

Value of contactless payments grew 50% last year.

27 Feb 2023

Barclays, which oversees nearly half of the UK’s card spending, has reported that the total value of contactless payments made using Barclays cards in the UK increased by 49.7% year on... Read more…

UK bike sales hit 20-year low but long-term outlook remains positive

22 Feb 2023

The Annual Market Data Report for 2022 from The Bicycle Association (BA) reports annual cycle sales in the UK fell to 1.88 million units in 2022, a 20-year low, 27% below pre-COVID levels in... Read more…

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Cytech Scotland delivery in full swing providing skills and training to the market

Posted on in Cycles News

Cytech WorkshopGlasgow-based cycling charity Bike for Good, which is responsible for delivering the internationally renowned Cytech training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians and enthusiasts in Scotland, is crowdfunding to support the next stage of its development.

Since it launched the training towards the end of October last year, 48 candidates have already passed through Cytech Scotland’s doors, with a further 55 getting ready to start, collectively delivering essential skills and training to the market.

Cytech, which was created for the UK cycle industry by the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) over 35 years ago, has already delivered more than 22,000 technical training courses to, among others, staff working for some of the world's leading bicycle distributors. The courses encompass the basics of cycle mechanics right through to dealing with the most advanced and high-tech components, parts and e-bikes.

The training – and your support for their crowdfunding initiative – will help further bring to fruition Bike For Good’s vision to create a healthy and inclusive environment where everyone in the community benefits from more people cycling. Thanks to Cytech, their team of trainers are equipped with the most relevant knowledge and tools to offer the highest standard of cycle technician training in Scotland.

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You can find out when courses are running and book through their calendar here.

Bike For Good has two thriving Community Hubs in Glasgow and an amazing team of 46 staff members and more than 50 volunteers who are changing thousands of lives through cycling.

“Through our partnership with Cytech and the ACT, we are already showing how teaching quality mechanical skills to our communities helps us to achieve our vision of a healthy and inclusive environment where everyone in the community benefits from more people cycling. Support for our crowdfunding initiative will help us take that significantly further,” says Gregory Kinsman-Chauvet, Founder and Cycling Enthusiast Officer (CEO) at Bike for Good.

To find out more about Bike For Good’s crowdfunding campaign, click here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/help-us-survive-the-winter

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