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ActSmart raises hundreds of pounds for the National Emergencies Trust

5 Aug 2020

The free ActSmart subscription offer was taken up by a large number of businesses across the UK, helping to raise hundreds of pounds for a great cause
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Customer experience placed at the height of importance by brands post-lockdown

5 Aug 2020

The brands currently bossing customer experience and the six key pillars to drive your business in the right direction

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Local Bike Shop Day the perfect time to target Back To Work & Back To School cyclists

5 Aug 2020

Organisers say Local Bike Shop Day provides a perfect vehicle for cycle shops to encourage local residents to resurrect their own as well as their children's bikes, or upgrade or buy new if... Read more…

Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme now available to customers

28 Jul 2020

The first batch of bike repair vouchers worth £50 have been released to the public in a pilot scheme to encourage thousands of people get back into cycling
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Indie Retail and partners offer free job advertisement to retail sector

28 Jul 2020

To help with recruitment in the retail sector during these extremely challenging times, Indie Retail are offering free job listings across anarray of platforms in a bid to unite employers... Read more…

Last chance to sign up for the ACT free bronze subscription

27 Jul 2020

This is the last week to sign up for the ACT's charity appeal bronze subscription raising money for the National Emergencies Trust (NET)!
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#BikeIsBest launches public petition to support cycling infrastructure

23 Jul 2020

#BikeIsBest is calling on the UK public to sign and share thepetition, make your voice heard and help to show local authorities there's significant unmet demand for safe cycling... Read more…

HM Treasury fundamental review of business rates: call for evidence

21 Jul 2020

This call for evidence seeks views on how the business rates system currently works, issues to be addressed, ideas for change and a number of alternative taxes.
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Inquiry launched examining how high streets can survive the economic and social effects of Covid-19

21 Jul 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has announced a new inquiry to examine how high streets can survive the economic and social consequences of Covid-19.
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Thinking of You Week coming this September

21 Jul 2020

Thinking of You Week is a special week that harnesses the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness.
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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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