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2019-2020 Scottish Government's Budget

13 Dec 2018

The 2019-2020 Scottish Budget plan provided by ACS outlines the spending commitments from the Scottish Government with regards to retail.
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Free independent retailer training

12 Dec 2018

Mid Sussex District Council is offering local retailers to sign up now for free training to keep Mid Sussex high streets vibrant and alive.
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Best Small Shops Winner 2018

12 Dec 2018

A combined bookshop, café, deli & homeware shop based in St Boswells, in the rural Scottish Borders, has been named Britain's Best Small Shop of 2018 at an event at the Houses of... Read more…

booost pre-registration competition winners announced

10 Dec 2018

To promote the coming-soon loyalty, gifting and promotions app - booost, a competition was run offering retailers free access and prizes.
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UK retail sees a bigger shift to online

10 Dec 2018

The UK retail market sees more money spent online than on the high streets
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Britain's Best Bike Mechanic 2018 in association with Park Tool

5 Dec 2018

Earlier this year Cycling Weekly and MBR set out to find Britain's Best Bike Mechanics in association with Park Tool and supported by British Cycling, with the final held at ATG Training's new... Read more…

What can help retailers stand out?

5 Dec 2018

Delivery services offered by retailers can help them stand out from their competition. But there are elements that make the difference.
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Taxing online sales may be the way to save the high street

5 Dec 2018

Tax retailers that make more than 20% of turnover online, all the while subsidising high streets through cheaper rates is the way to save the high street.
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3rd of sales took place online on Black Friday, this isn't a positive

5 Dec 2018

Black Friday has become an overwhelming online event, suggested through the online sale figures.
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April 2019 NLW and NMW rates

3 Dec 2018

The Low Pay Commission report 2018 has been published with recommendations for NLW and NMW rates to apply from April 2019
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April 2019 NLW and NMW rates

Posted on in Business News, Political News

The Low Pay Commission report 2018 has been published providing evidence and rationale behind the recommendations for National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NWM) rates to apply from April 2019.

national living wage 

The Government has set a target to reach 60% of median earning by 2020 for the NLW. The Low Pay Commission's (LPC) remit is to make recommendations that reach the target and to raise pay as high as possible without damaging employment prospects. The recommendations for this year have taken place against various policy changes within the Government, most notably the ongoing Brexit negotiations and the lead up to the UK's exit from the EU in 2019.

The report not only provides recommendations but evaluates the impacts of the NLW until now with findings that suggest that as many as 5 million people benefitted from the increase in April 2018.

The report in acknowledging ACS's research, highlights that certain sectors, including retail, may be disproportionately affected by increase in the NLW. As a means of managing the impact of increased wage rates, convenience retailers are reducing the number of hours that they employ staff for (65%) as well as increasing the number of hours that they work (60%).

Analysis, however, did not find any clear evidence to suggest that the increases in NLW had negatively affected employment and therefore the evidence provided resulted in the LPC recommending that the NLW remain on its paths to 60% of median earnings by 2020, with an increase of 4.9% to £8.21 an hour in April 2019.

Read the Low Pay Commission's full report for 2018 here.

Read the ACS' response to the Low pay Commission report 2018 here.

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