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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…

Rising costs halt plans for walking and cycling crossing

25 Jun 2019

The plans for a new Thames walking and cycling crossing from Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe in London have been halted due to the rising costs
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Get involved in Local Bike Shop Day

24 Jun 2019

Local Bike Shop Day celebrates independent bike shops all around the UK
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Huge increase in e-bike sales expected

12 Jun 2019

The e-bike market is forecasted to grow further across the UK competing with the car for short distances.
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How retailers are responding to online growth

12 Jun 2019

The growth of the online market space within retail is having a wider effect on the high street.
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Effective email marketing campaigns

12 Jun 2019

Newsletters are an incredibly popular means to engaging with consumers but on any given day our inboxes are flooded with a plethora of automated email newsletters, so how do you stand out?
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Report on violence in your store

12 Jun 2019

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Home Office have been campaigning to raise awareness of violence and abuse towards retailers to encourage action and change.
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Love to Ride & The ACT

5 Jun 2019

Getting more people on bikes and using their local bike shops is a shared goal of Love to Ride and the ACT so we are doing it together.
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A guide to building a landing page

30 May 2019

15 key things to check when building a landing page Read more…

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Crime Report 2019

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

The Crime Report 2019 brought together responses from 7,000 stores.

These responses will be used to communicate the Association of Convenience Stores' (ACS) policy recommendations to government.

The report is a snapshot of the crime in the retail sector discussing the financial costs, the impacts on the retailers and the investments retailers are putting towards crime prevention.

Key findings from this years' report are:

  • Crime cost the sector £246m in the last year, equivalent to a 7p crime tax per transaction
  • There were almost 10,000 incidents of violence, with 41% resulting in injury and 83% of staff experiencing verbal abuse
  • 79% of shop thieves are believed to be repeat offenders

If you are interested in reading the full report click here.

Always Report AbuseThe ACS along with the Home Office has launched a new campaign encouraging retailers to #AlwaysReportAbuse and to educate the public on the severity of the issue.

Read about #AlwaysReportAbuse.

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