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Brexit: Update

18 Mar 2019

Latest updates on Brexit and the parliamentary votes
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Making Tax Digital: Update

18 Mar 2019

The government has recently presented new information surrounding Making Tax Digital
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Making Tax Digital Deadline: 1st of April

11 Mar 2019

Now with less than a month until Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements come into force for VAT, make sure you are ready
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Brexit update: Government announces Workers' Rights Protections

11 Mar 2019

The government has announced the Workers' Rights Protections for Brexit
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APPCG Tackling cycle theft meeting

8 Mar 2019

Over 50% of all bike owners have had a bike stolen, accounting for 2% of all reported crimes. Join us at the next APPCG meeting to tackle cycle theft.
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Belhaven Bikes takes part in another LBSD!

6 Mar 2019

Belhaven Bikes, born in 2005, is an indie bike shop representing the local community of Dunbar and beyond
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Focus on people, both your staff and customers

6 Mar 2019

In retail, it is becoming more and more apparent that corporate strategies and emotional intelligence are at the frontline of a flourishing, buoyant store
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Are you ready?

6 Mar 2019

Organisation total minimum contributions to be paid into staff pension schemes increase on 6th April 2019
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10 Global Predictions for Retail 2019

4 Mar 2019

Expert consultancy firm AlixPartners take a look at the challenges and opportunities that face retail in 2019.

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Rural MPs supporting Local Shops

1 Mar 2019

MPs are supporting the rural convenience stores that are an indispensable hub for thousands of isolated communities across the UK
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2019-2020 Scottish Government's Budget

Posted on in Business News

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, has delivered the Scottish Government's Budget for 2019-2020. There are certain elements that are relevant to the convenience sector.

A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

The budget has acknowledged that the Scottish Government will be "legislating for an ambitious deposit return scheme that will work for everyone". The budget confirms that £20 million of funding for Zero Waste Scotland will be used to support the design and implementation work for a deposit return scheme.

Business Rates Reliefs

The budget has confirmed that there will be below inflation increases in the business rates multiplier and the continuation of the Small Business Bonus Scheme. Expansions to existing properties are not subject to business rates for 12 months. In 2019, primary legislation will be introduced in order to deliver other recommendations from the Barclay Review including measures to improve administration, fairness and a move to a three-year revaluation cycle.

Public Health

The new budget reiterates the Government's commitment to their respective alcohol and tobacco strategies. The budget highlights the interest and need for consultation of restricting the promotion and marketing of HFSS to tackle obesity. The Government has also committed to delivering "Best Start Foods" which will provide support for low income families to access a healthy and nutritious diet.

Town Centres

The Government is looking to create a £50 million Town Centre Fund to enable local authorities to support the wide range of investments, encouraging town centre to diversify, flourish and become sustainable places for the local communities and visitors to live, work and enjoy. 

Electric Vehicles

The Government is committed to investing £50 million in low carbon transport measures, including the expansion of Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure to support the ongoing target to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032.

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The budget document is available in full here.

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