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Study highlights impact of rising staff costs for convenience retailers.

3 Apr 2024

Research by the University of Stirling and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation has shed light on the impact of rising staff costs on the convenience retail sector in Scotland.
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Independent department stores hitting a sweet spot on local high streets.

3 Apr 2024

With large national chains increasingly disappearing from the high street, Drapers magazine has been looking at how independent department stores are stepping up their offerings to... Read more…

Entries open for 2024 Baking Industry Awards

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Family-owned cycle shop celebrates 90 years trading in Walsall.

2 Apr 2024

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Payment-processing outages at UK retailers raise reliability issues for cashless transactions.

2 Apr 2024

Recent payment disruptions at supermarkets and fast-food outlets have raised questions on the need for improved reliability.
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North Yorkshire cycle hub up for top tourism award

22 Mar 2024

Rob Brown, co-director of Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, a not-for-profit hire scheme has been nominated for the Tourism Superstar 2024 award, run by VisitEngland.
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Independent retail bodies welcome new report aimed at tackling retail crime.

21 Mar 2024

ACS (The Association of Convenience Stores) and the Federation of Independent Retailers (The Fed) have both welcomed a new report published by the Association of Police and Crime... Read more…

Indie retailers outperformed supermarkets in sales of organic food, wellness and beauty products in 2023.

21 Mar 2024

As reported by Healthstores UK, new data contained in the 2024 Soil Association Organic Market report shows that independent retailers delivered an impressive 10% growth in 2023, with... Read more…

Cheltenham beer shop and bar wins top UK award.

21 Mar 2024

An independent bottle shop and bar in Cheltenham has been named as the UK's Independent Beer and Wine Retailer of the Year 2024 at the Drinks Retailing Awards. 
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Welsh Government Announce £20m Future Proofing Fund for Retail Businesses in Wales

21 Mar 2024

A number of organisations, including Bira (the British Independent Retailers’ Association), other trade associations, BIDs and unions have met with officials from the Welsh Government to... Read more…

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Cytech trainer back to training after providing mechanical support at UCI World Championships

Posted on in Cycles News

Cytech training provider Spokes People were recently asked by the Afghan National Team if they could suggest any way for them to be supported mechanically at the UCI World Championships in Glasgow earlier this month.

Lee Niven, one of the trainers at Spokes People, upon being asked offered his own services having gained experience in race mechanics from previous events, taking the race support van from his other business Otec Bikes (Outdoor Training Events & Coaching) and joined the team during the event in Scotland.

Commenting on the job, Lee said: "It was a privilege to work with these athletes who were making history by competing and doing so at great personal cost and sacrifice."

Lee with Afghan Team at UCI World Championships

The female competitors of the Afghan team have already been in the headlines prior to the event, having fled Afghanistan to take part in the international cycling competition making history in the process as they represented Afghanistan, which you can read more about here.

"The team were in great need of support and it was a pleasure to be in a position to help.” Lee added.

Lee and the team also secured support from Oxford Products for supplies and equipment prior to the event, and during the racing Shimano and Schwalbe both provided invaluable support.

Lee continued: "Personally it was great to be back at the sharp end at a UCI World Championships event. Being able to offer support to some of the other less resourced teams as well such as Uruguay and Rwanda, whom I met while working with the Afghan team, was one of my highlights."

At Spokes People, internationally recognised Cytech training is provided by trainers who are all involved with customer facing cycle businesses and events. This offers valuable, real-world insight to those attending the courses, delivered by trainers who keep sharp and up to date on market trends and products ranging from entry level right up to the highest levels and everything in between.

Cytech training courses are available at the Spokes People training centre, based in Milton Keynes, with dates currently online through to November - head to their booking calendar for further information.

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