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Local Bike Shop Day 2020 save the date

22 May 2019

We are excited to announce that following the success of this year's event we are already busy preparing for next year's big day.
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Local Bike Shop Day 2019 busiest day ever!

16 May 2019

Local Bike Shop Day is the one day a year when independent bike shops across the UK can come together to celebrate their distinctive culture. It's the day for local bike shops to showcase their... Read more…

Ultimate guide to advertising on Facebook

15 May 2019

Are you interested in learning how to run Facebook ads? This is a step-by-step guide of best practices to advertising.
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Use your online presence to keep your business thriving

8 May 2019

How to use your online presence to keep your business thriving
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Drive impulse sales

8 May 2019

You can influence customers acting on impulse and boost your sales
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Children's creative summer workshops

8 May 2019

Summer holidays can keep crafters away from their hobby and away from visiting your store. Running children's workshops can open your store to those crafters with children and parents looking to... Read more…

Call for evidence on retail violence

8 May 2019

The Home Office is calling on all retailers to provide evidence on retail violence in order for the government to understand the true impact of violence and abuse on retailers.
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Harness Instagram for your business

8 May 2019

Instagram is a huge part of a business's online presence today, why not learn the top tips on getting the most from Instagram?
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Your thoughts on Local Bike Shop Day

8 May 2019

Local Bike Shop Day took place just over the weekend and we want to hear from you. What was Local Bike Shop Day for you?
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Samways and Son are 70 years old!

8 May 2019

It is not very often that a business can say they have been trading for 70 years, but Samways and Son now can.
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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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