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Best Small Shops competition 2020 relaunched with new COVID-19 innovation category

2 Jul 2020

Innovative indie retailers who adapt their business to combat the impact of Covid-19 are to be recognised in a special category in Britain's Best Small Shops competition 2020
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Business and Planning Bill published in the House of Commons

2 Jul 2020

The Government has published the Business and Planning Bill in the Houseof Commons designed to make provision relating to the promotion of economic recovery and growth.
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The Maybe* 2020 Retail Report investigating what shoppers want

1 Jul 2020

To gauge the intentions of the British public, Maybe* has gathered 20,000 answers from regions across the UK to understand if and when they'll return to the shops, and what their concerns... Read more…

The continued effects of lockdown on UK shoppers

24 Jun 2020

Recent research has investigated how consumer behaviour has developed over the past few months as people have adapted their shopping styles tothe lockdown
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Get involved with Independent Bookshop Week 2020!

22 Jun 2020

From online events with bestselling authors, to a picture book celebrating key workers, to virtual bookshop crawls, plans for Independent Bookshop Week 2020 (20-27 June) are in full flow
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Local Bike Shop Day 2020 new date confirmed as Saturday 5th September

17 Jun 2020

A poll among participating retailers of Local Bike Shop Day has confirmed a new date to celebrate bike shops across the nation
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The latest Independents' Day Podcast: Retail Stories: Reopening After The Pandemic

16 Jun 2020

Catch up on this morning's Independents' Day podcast 'Retail Stories: Reopening After The Pandemic'
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Indie Retail COVID-19 Reopening Resources and Guidance

11 Jun 2020

Indie Retail have created a guidance document for shops that are now reopening after previously closing
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Write to your MP on Sunday trading

9 Jun 2020

The Government is currently considering relaxing the Sunday Trading regulations. This is not a popular measure with consumers, shopworkers, or retailers.
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Advertise your jobs with Indie Retail for FREE

8 Jun 2020

For a limited time only we are giving all retailers free access to the full range of Indie Retail job boards!
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The campaign calling on the government to #RaiseTheBar

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

Tens of thousands of shops, pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels and leisure businesses on our High Streets, town centres and in our communities are currently unable to access Government grants putting millions of jobs at risk.

#RaiseTheBar are campaigning for the government to increase the threshold from £51,000 to £150,000 and save tens of thousands of businesses from going under by allowing more businesses the opportunity to access the £25,000 grant.

The #RaiseTheBar campaign believes access to the £25,000 is the difference between survival and bankruptcy for businesses on High Streets across England and Wales, which have welcomed an outpouring of support from the public during
lockdown choosing to support their local communities.

The grant will enable businesses to mitigate significant stock losses and cashflow challenges, including rent, that wage subsidies do not address. Many businesses are not in a position to take on further debt or have serious misgivings about being able to survive the recovery and service loans. Other cash pressures include suppliers, service charges and the cost of re-opening to repurchase stock and ongoing running costs.

Matthew Sims, CEO, Croydon BID and co-founder of #RaiseTheBar campaign said, "Access to the RHLG grant is a ticking time bomb for tens of thousands of businesses on our High Streets and in our local communities. There are just eight weeks until rent is due and the prospect of going under is an uncomfortable truth the Government needs to hear and act upon now. The consequences of failing to increase the business rates threshold are too grim to bear." 

The #RaiseTheBar campaign launched a Change.org petition on Thursday 23 April and is calling on the public to sign the petition to help save the nation's High Streets. The petition needs to reach 10,000 signatures to be recognised by Government and has just over 1,000 signatures remaining to achieve this goal. 

Find out more about the #RaiseTheBar campaign and how you can help by visiting raisethebarcampaign.com.

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