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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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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.

Town centre 

The budget document is available in full here.

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