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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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Big ideas for Small Business Saturday

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Outdoor News

Small businesses are encouraged to think big for Small Business Saturday! Despite the event not happening until 7th December, the organisers are encouraging businesses to start thinking about it now and have said that "it is never too early" to start planning activities to increase the awareness and effectiveness of the event.


Small Business Saturday is an annual event that was initially started in America by American Airlines. It was bought to the UK as a way to improve sales for small businesses just before the Christmas shopping period and has been increasing in awareness and popularity ever since. In 2017 the event was estimated to have generated £748million, and this was increased even further in 2018 with an estimated spending of £812million.This increased spending may be a result of more people becoming aware of the event and choosing to spend more money with small businesses because of it.


The organisers of the event now want to increase this awareness even further and are encouraging small businesses to start thinking about the event now! Some suggestions have been provided which include communities organising street festivals, implementing online campaigns and collaborating with other local businesses to create themed activities.
Find out more about Small Business Saturday and find out how you can get involved by visiting their website here.

 

IncreBest Small Shopsase awareness of your small business


For small businesses that are looking to increase awareness and gain recognition of the entrepreneurship required to run an independent business, it would be a great opportunity to enter the Best Small Shops competition! The Best Small Shops competition celebrates, not only the commitment and creativity of entrepreneurial independent retailers on the UK's High Streets but also the central role independent retailers play in building local communities. Learn more about the Best Small Shops competition and how you can enter by clicking here!

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