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Kate Bush named as Record Store Day ambassador.

4 Mar 2024

Pop star Kate Bush has been announced as an ambassador for this year's Record Store Day, on 20 April.
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Shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year 2024 revealed.

4 Mar 2024

The British Book Awards has announced its shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year. 
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Local Bike Shop Day 2024 confirmed for Saturday May 4th.

4 Mar 2024

The ACT is happy to confirm the date for Local Bike Shop Day 2024 as Saturday 4 May, the weekend of the early May Bank Holiday.
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New research reveals the best cities in the UK for independent retailers.

4 Mar 2024

Research by global fintech company SumUp has revealed the best cities in the UK for independent businesses.
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Rising costs continue to impact hair and beauty sector

21 Feb 2024

The latest quarterly State of the Industry survey from the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) shows that the recovery of the sector was slow and steady through 2023 and into January... Read more…

UK votes for its favourite pun-based shop name

21 Feb 2024

The UK has voted for its favourite pun-based shop name, and 'Sew It Seams' - a clothing alteration store in Belfast - has been awarded the top spot. 
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Town centre shops praise council for initiatives

21 Feb 2024

Businesses in the Devon town of Ottery St Mary have praised their local council for initiatives designed to help support them and boost trade.
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Three UK indie coffee shops named among the most popular in the world.

19 Feb 2024

A new ranking of the most popular independent coffee shops in the world has put three UK cafes in the top 10.
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Age-friendly businesses could revitalise Britain's high streets.

19 Feb 2024

Older people could be the financial shot in the arm needed for Britain’s high street, according to research commissioned by the University of Stirling. 
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Rural shops more important than ever, new report shows.

8 Feb 2024

The ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has celebrated the crucial role that rural shops play in thousands of communities across the UK in its 2024 Rural Shop Report.
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Retail workers face money challenges at alarming rate

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

The report, published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, found that 43% of surveyed employees in the retail sector had felt stressed or had experienced poor mental health within six months, with 27% saying this happens very often or all the time.

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Almost a quarter have endured burnout – a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by work-related stress.

As a result of the cost-of-living crisis and money-related stress, 57% of retail workers say they are less productive, with 16% taking more sick days and almost 23% are looking for a higher-paid job at work.

Of the retail workers surveyed, 73% feel negatively about their finances. Yet just 15% are offered financial wellbeing benefits by their employer, compared to 36% of employees in accounting, banking and finance.

This is despite 75% of staff wanting more support with their personal finances.

Of those surveyed, 36% say they would welcome one-to-one financial coaching provided at work and 37% would be open to using self-learning resources created by experts.

Claro Wellbeing head of employee wellbeing Stacey Lowman commented:

“Supporting staff financial wellbeing is just as important as supporting their mental and physical health – in fact, all three are linked.”

Last month, a poll revealed a rising abuse and violence committed against shopworkers in the UK, with 36% of customers witnessing retail workers being abused.

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