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Is your creative shop the Best Small Shop of 2019?

14 Aug 2019

The IRC recommend small shops within creative industries to enter the competition and represent the industry with pride!
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Outdoor Shops encouraged to enter the Best Small Shops competition!

14 Aug 2019

Represent the outdoor sector and celebrate local outdoor shops around the UK
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The ACT shortlisted in the BikeBiz Awards 2019!

12 Aug 2019

The ACT has been shortlisted as a finalists for the Cycle Advocacy Award!
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Big ideas for Small Business Saturday

9 Aug 2019

Small businesses are encouraged to think big for Small Business Saturday!
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How was Cycle to Work Day for you?

8 Aug 2019

Cycle to Work Day is back for it's seventh year

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750 UK firms sued daily for failing to pay rocketing business rates

7 Aug 2019

All councils within England were requested to provide details of how many businesses had been taken to court for non-payment of their business rates during the 2018/19 financial year.... Read more…

BA encourages booksellers to go green

1 Aug 2019

The Booksellers Association (BA) has created a Green Manifesto encouraging themselves,Booksellers and the Book Industry to improve their eco-friendliness.
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Calling all bike shops to enter the Best Small Shops Competition!

24 Jul 2019

The Best Small Shops Competition provides you with the opportunity to represent the Cycle sector and celebrate local bike shops across the nation. The competition recognises the innovative... Read more…

Keeping Britain's Independent Retail Alive

17 Jul 2019

As indepedent businesses are increasingly affected by political factors and a lack of government support, the UK retail industry is becoming a crisis situation with hundreds of independent... Read more…

Search For Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019 Gets Underway

4 Jul 2019

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), begins today with a focus on consumer engagement and how... Read more…

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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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