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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 continued effects of lockdown on UK shoppers

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Recent research has investigated how consumer behaviour has developed over the past few months as people have adapted their shopping styles to the lockdown.

According to YouGov one in three (30%) say they have used local retailers more since the pandemic struck with 80% of them aiming to carry on shopping this way in the future. YouGov also showed that furloughed workers are more anxious about their finances than other Brits, with two in five (39%) worrying about affording food and other essentials.

While the future for physical shops remains uncertain, research undertaken by Intu has shown that despite the rise in online shopping, £8 out of every £10 spent in the UK in 2025 will still be influenced by a physical store in some way. Furthermore, 81% of people said they would visit shopping centres the same or more often than before COVID-19.

These figures give retailers a rough outline of the shopping behaviour that they can expect to see among consumers as the lockdown begins to ease, and how they can begin to prepare.

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