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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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Rural MPs supporting Local Shops

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

street shops MPs are supporting the rural convenience stores that are an indispensable hub for thousands of isolated communities across the UK.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is calling for a level playing field for the UK's 16,944 rural convenience stores.

This would allow these retailers to keep pace with new technological developments and continue to provide the essential services to the local people.

The Rural Shop Report 2019 reveals that these rural convenience stores provide a sum total of flexible jobs for almost 140,000 people. Despite the struggles with slow broadband speeds and unreliable mobile connectivity, these shops have invested over £271 million into improving their businesses.

The fundamental importance of these rural shops is highlighted in the report and its new research, showing that one in five people living in rural areas would have to travel more than five miles to get essential groceries and products without their local convenience store.

This 2019 report also explores the value of services to rural customers. According to the latest research, two services are of most value to customers, the Post Office and cash machines. For young people aged 18-24, access to a cash machine was the most valuable service available in their local shops. This enforces the importance and continued relevance of cash as the method of payment within stores and wider communities.

Read the full report here.

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