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Concerns expressed by retail leaders following Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

23 Nov 2023

Retail sector leaders have expressed a range of concerns, from taxation to business rates, following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement this week.
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Winners of Booker Prize Indie Bookshop Spotlight competition named.

22 Nov 2023

Six independent bookshops from around the UK have been named as the winners of the inaugural Booker Prize Indie Bookshop Spotlight, a competition in which independent bookshops and booksellers... Read more…

New Conservative Party chairman writes responds to NFSP DVLA petition.

21 Nov 2023

The National Federation of Subpostmasters has received a response from new Conservative party chairman Richard Holden MP regarding the petition to keep DVLA services in post offices.
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British Business Bank launches new ‘Making business finance work.

21 Nov 2023

The British Business Bank has launched a new guide aimed at smaller businesses to help them understand how different financial products can support them at all stages of their development.
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Indie Shops to Boycott Black Friday

21 Nov 2023

Independent retailers across the UK are set to defy the Black Friday sales frenzy for the third year running, according to a survey conducted by Bira, the British Independent Retailers... Read more…

Indie shops key to reversing fortunes of struggling high streets, new study shows.

20 Nov 2023

A focus on independent stores and ‘browse-only’ shops can help to reverse the fortunes of the struggling high street, new research shows.
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Bira sets out expectations for this month’s Budget.

15 Nov 2023

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), which works with over 6,000 independent businesses of all sizes across the UK, has outlined its expectations from the government... Read more…

Mixed picture on consumer spending plans for Christmas

7 Nov 2023

New survey data from Deloitte has shown a seven percentage-point rise in the number of UK consumers - from 19% in 2022 to 26% in 2023 - who intend to spend more in the last three months of 2023,... Read more…

Grants of up to £100,000 made available to boost Cornish High Streets

7 Nov 2023

Communities across Cornwall can now apply for grants of up to £100,000 to improve High Streets, the council has said.
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Warwickshire County Council launches campaign to promote Christmas shopping at independent businesses

6 Nov 2023

A Christmas campaign encouraging Warwickshire’s independent town businesses to shout about why shoppers should buy from them this year is making a comeback.
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International training & accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians launches revamped entry level course.

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Theory one logoCytech, the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians, has relaunched its Cytech theory one online learning course delivering an introduction to bicycle maintenance that can be completed anywhere, in the participant’s own time.

The newly redesigned course includes a new module on Bicycle Types, Anatomy and Fitting, as well as new content additions on e-bike legislation and e-bike battery safety.

Theory one screenshotOnce participants have completed the course, they (and the shop they work for if applicable) will be promoted online via the international Cytech directory. The Cytech directory works as a census of who is Cytech qualified and where they are employed, helping consumers in the UK and worldwide to find their nearest qualified mechanic to take care of their bike.

Whilst Cytech technical two is seen as the industry standard for professional cycle technicians and Technical three represents the pinnacle of technical proficiency, getting qualified to a minimum of Cytech theory one gives all employees in the cycle trade a strong foundation of knowledge to better their ability to talk to customers, sell products, advise on basic repairs and build their careers.

Theory one screenshotCytech says that this is the latest step in its ongoing investment in raising the standard of bicycle mechanics worldwide and that being qualified to a minimum level of Cytech theory one should be key for every cycle trade employee, no matter what their role within in the business. Cytech courses are currently offered by six providers across 13 locations in six countries, with more to be launched in 2024.

Jonathan Harrison at the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) is keen to reinforce the benefits the course provides:

“The ACT believes that every specialist cycle retail employee should be armed with the knowledge and skills to better understand how the workshop is run, how to manage customer expectations, work safely and efficiently in the retail environment and even carry out some of the more basic workshop activities.

Being Cytech qualified not only gives staff the confidence they need to do their job to the highest of their ability, but it also gives customers peace of mind that their bike is in safe hands.”

Theory one screenshotThe Cytech theory one online learning course with its additional content is being offered at the same price as before - £125+VAT. ACT members can save up to 50% off the course with their membership – so can access it for as little as £62.50 net.

For more information, visit www.cytechtheoryone.co.uk

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