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Government Response Call for Evidence on Violence and Abuse towards shop staff

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The Government has now published its response to the Call for Evidence on Violence and Abuse towards shop staff which closed in June 2019.
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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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1 Jul 2020

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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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Indie Retail COVID-19 Reopening Resources and Guidance

Posted on in Business News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on the 25th May that non-essential retailers will be able to reopen stores in England from June 15 as long as social distancing measures are implemented. 

Since then retailers across the UK have been preparing to reopen their doors for the first time in nearly 3 months. To help businesses with this Indie Retail have created a guidance document for shops that are now reopening after previously closing. The aim of the document is to enable retailers to operate efficiently while implementing social distancing and other safety measures with various advice and resources.

There is no question that the lockdown will change the way that consumers shop in the long-term. Research suggest that customers now place a higher value on customer service than they did before COVID-19, but that they still may feel uncomfortable physically visiting many shops for a long-time as of yet. While we have seen a great shift towards online shopping over the last few months, it is now time to start planning for customers walking through high-street doors once again from the 15th June.

Download the Indie Retail COVID-19 Reopening Resources and Guidance Document

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