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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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Government plans to extend plastic bag charges

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

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2015 marked the year that the first official charge to plastic bag was initiated to large retailers. Now four years later the Government is looking to extend this charge to all retailers across the UK.

So why was there a charge placed on plastic bags?

In 2014, according to Gov.uk, over 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags were given to customers by major supermarkets across the UK. This breaks down to around 140 plastic bags per person. In light of this, the scheme of charging for plastic bags was implemented to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags and littering as a secondary issue from plastic bags.

Since the implementation in 2015, the number of plastic bags has gone down by more than 80% across the UK. The Government has also estimated that in light of the evidence, between 2019 and 2029, the UK economy will benefit from over £780 million, with &730 million raised for good causes, £60 million savings in litter clean-up costs and carbon savings of £13 million.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS') chief executive James Lowman has welcomed the Government's plan for extending the charge.

"This has been shown to be highly effective at reducing waste, whilst also raising money for local, national and environmental charities. Around half of small shops in England already charge for plastic bags voluntarily, with wider support for a mandatory charge".

Watch the ACS' animation on the benefits of charging for single use plastic bags here.

If you haven't already voluntarily charged for plastic bags, consider the benefits this would bestow on the environment and what difference you can make.
Share your support for the Government's 2019 plan across social media to help your community and the ones around you.

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