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Retailer tactics that shone online and over the Christmas trading period

18 Jan 2019

Reports and insight into tactics that worked for retailers online and across the sales channels in the recent months with a particular focus on the Christmas period.
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Local shops supported by Welsh assembly members

18 Jan 2019

Assembly members were able to pledge their support for their local shops at the National Assembly for Wales.
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Can discounting have a negative impact?

14 Jan 2019

This year may mark the most brutal Christmas and New Year's for retailers ever.
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Future High Streets Fund

9 Jan 2019

The launch of Future High Streets Fund is there to modernise high streets and town centres.
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Decline in Boxing Day footfall

9 Jan 2019

The footfall numbers from Boxing Day have declined for the third consecutive year.
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UK not ready to go cashless yet

9 Jan 2019

The Access to Cash Review published a report suggesting that the UK is not ready to go cashless yet.
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Government plans to extend plastic bag charges

9 Jan 2019

The Government plans to extend the charge of plastic bags to small retailers by 2020, with plans to increase the charge from 5p to 10p.
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Making Tax Digital pilots and webinars available

8 Jan 2019

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is to come into effect on the 1st of April 2019, find out what you need to do and more helpful tips.

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APPCG meeting on latest updates from Manchester and London

7 Jan 2019

The APPCG hope you can join their next meeting on the latest updates from Manchester and London.
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20-70% correction in retail properties

18 Dec 2018

Fidelity is predicting a 20-70% correction in retail property as the sector gets de-rated due to rent cuts.
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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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