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Government pressures banks to support small independent businesses

3 Apr 2020

The Business Secretary has called on high street lenders to ease access to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS) for small independent retailers during the crisis.
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National Living Wage Increases and Future Targets

2 Apr 2020

The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates increased yesterday, following recommendations made to the Government by the Low Pay Commission
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Local Bike Shop Day 2020 postponed following retailer vote

31 Mar 2020

As Local Bike Shop Day is a day encompassing the whole trade, the final judgement was given to the bike shops that had signup to take part. Out of all the respondents the overwhelming majority -... Read more…

IRC supports Government's challenge to business insurers

31 Mar 2020

The Treasury Select Committee led by Mel Stride MP, has challenged the Association of British Insurers (ABI) regarding the support offered to business via their members, with specific regard to... Read more…

Nearst enables you to stay in contact with your customers via Whatsapp

27 Mar 2020

ActSmart partner NearSt introduce the option to add WhatsApp chat functionality on your NearSt shop page!
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eBay Supports Small Businesses by Waiving Fees

27 Mar 2020

eBay has today pledged to support small business owners by offering a 30day payment holiday for existing sellers and is waiving fees for all new businesses registering to list or sell until... Read more…

Deferral of VAT payments as a result of COVID-19

27 Mar 2020

UK VAT registered business with VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 have the option to defer the payment until a later date or pay the VAT due as normal
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance

27 Mar 2020

Check if you could be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
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Government Announces Three Month Extension for Businesses to File Accounts

26 Mar 2020

The deadline for filing all accounts will be extended by three months for businesses that have been affected by Covid-19
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Help with non-domestic rates in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19)

25 Mar 2020

To help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Scottish Government has made changes to non-domestic rates (business rates) for 2020-21.... Read more…

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Ride to Work Week 2020: Bikes, bikes, bikes!

Posted on in Cycles News

Whatever your motivation - whether it's the climate emergency, losing weight, getting fitter or saving money - riding to work will help you achieve your goal and enjoy lots of other benefits. It doesn't matter if you've never ridden to work, if you've just got out of the habit over winter or if you ride every day come rain or shine, you're invited to take part in Ride to Work Week.

All you need to do is ride all or part of the way to work on one (or more!) days from 23-29 March. We're giving away a bike a day and we'll be drawing the winner from everyone who logs a ride to work on each day. To give yourself the best chance of winning some of the £6,000's worth of prizes up for grabs, plan to ride to work on as many days as you can.

As well as bikes, more bikes and a Ribble e-bike worth £1,800, we'll be giving away some great gear too. We've got two Beryl Laserlights we'll be giving away to early-bird registrants (just visit the site to register for the event before Monday 16 March) and three more we'll be giving away in social media promos (make sure you follow us so you don't miss out). We'll also be making a wave with some of Loffi's great gloves, designed to foster positive communication between road users.

To give yourself and your colleagues the best chance of winning, make sure you sign yourself and your workplace up for Ride to Work Week 2020! It only takes a minute at lovetoride.net

How Local Bike Shops can support Ride to Work Week

We love local bike shops. New riders need trusted local experts in order to become regular utility cyclists. That's why we try to link people up with their local shops and why we put lots of prize money into independent bike shops' tills. We're giving away £3,000 of local bike shop vouchers during Ride to Work Week (5x £600). To increase the likelihood of this money ending up at their business, please send the below out to all your local bike shop contacts:

We are working with Love to Ride to get more people on bikes. Local bike shops like yours are vital to help new riders access the equipment and expertise they need to ride regularly for transportation. During their first event of the year, Ride to Work Week, Love to Ride are giving away £3,000's worth of local bike shop vouchers. To increase the chances of this ending up in your till, please:

  • Sign up on the site and register your shop if you haven't already: lovetoride.net.
  • Let your customers know about Love to Ride: there are resources on the website to help you do this
  • Follow Love to Ride on social media (Twitter: @LovetoRide_, Facebook: lovetoride.net, Instagram: @lovetorideglobal) and use your channels to post about Ride to Work Week (if you tag them they will repost to amplify your audience)
  • Watch this video to see how Saddles & Paddles, a local bike shop in Exeter, have benefitted from working with Love to Ride since 2016

 

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