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A quick and easy guide to Click and Collect for retailers

21 Jan 2021

The following quick and easy guide to Click and Collect can be used by all retailers, even if those that don't have an ecommerce platform
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Urgent demand from MPs to regulate Buy Now Pay Later firms

21 Jan 2021

The call to regulate BNPL firms like Klarna, Laybuy and Clearpay is now supported by 70 MPs, with many arguing that the FCA review is too lengthy and could leave consumers drowning in debt
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2021 Valentine's Day Toolkit for card retailers

19 Jan 2021

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) have created a 2021 Valentines Day Toolkit, with the aim of helping retailers promote Valentine's Day in their stores and online.
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Welsh Government introduces Clean Air Bill & report on impact of lockdown on air quality

18 Jan 2021

The Welsh Government has published a white paper setting out its plans for a Clean Air (Wales) Bill, to protect the health of the nation and ecosystems from pollutants in the... Read more…

Many insurers made to pay tens of thousands of small businesses for Covid lockdown losses

15 Jan 2021

Following today's Supreme Court ruling tens of thousands of small businesses will receive insurance payouts covering losses from the first national lockdown.

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Single use carrier bag set to increase in Scotland from 5p to 10p from 1st April 2021

13 Jan 2021

The increase in the SUCB charge will not result in a cost increase for retailers.
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Freedom To Pay campaign promotes the use of cash in stores

13 Jan 2021

Cash is a necessity millions couldn't live without, will you sign the voluntary cash pledge?
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Maybe*'s 10 step plan for social media success in 2021

11 Jan 2021

Maybe* share how they will achieve their 2021 to improve insights using opportunities spotted in their own data

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New digital product discovery platform Buyerdock searches for indie retail volunteers for free trials

6 Jan 2021

Buyerdock, the new online platform to help buyers find exciting new shelf ready products, have now opened the platform to independent retailers.
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How to employ Low Skills workers in post Brexit UK

4 Jan 2021

ActSmart partner Tom Redfern, Founder and Senior Partner at Redfern Legal LLP, investigates ways in which it is still possible to employ a low skills worker who is not a UK national

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Conservative Party Business Rates Announcement

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

A recent story posted by a member of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), ACS, outlines the Conservative Party's new package of measures that, if elected on 12th December, they will implement to support towns across the UK. The party proposes to provide a business rates discount for retailers. The proposals would mean that for businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000, the retail discount would increase from 33% to 50% in 2020/21.

ACS' Local Shop Report 2019 found that the convenience sector contributes £308 million in business rates, meaning that an increase in the discount for stores with a rateable value of less than £51,000 could save the sector over £30 million in 2020.

The Conservative Party has estimated that the discount would effectively cut tax by £280 million for the small business sector. The Conservative Party has also proposed to support community groups to buy local Post Offices and pubs through £150 million funding.

The full Conservative Party's announcement can be found here.

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