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Download the Indie Retail face covering poster to inform customers and staff of the new law

25 Sep 2020

It is now compulsory for all retail workers in England to wear face masks from today, Indie Retail has created a Face Covering Poster for shops to display outside to inform customers and... Read more…

Join BIra, Google and Pointy for a live webinar on bringing your business presence online

24 Sep 2020

4 out of 5 consumers use Google search engines to find information like store address, hours, and directions. But will they find yours? Read more…

Download and display QR codes for the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app launched today

24 Sep 2020

The NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app is due to be launched on 24 September in England and Wales. To use the contact tracing app businesses will need to download and display QR codes.
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Maybe* shows businesses how to be more 'Gymshark' on social media

23 Sep 2020

In the latest demonstration of their insight tool Maybe* are showing businesses how to replicate Gymshark's successful tactics to improve results and increase ROI.
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How Maybe* are helping Local Authorities and Bids upskill their businesses in social media

16 Sep 2020

Maybe*'s latest video on helping Local Authorities and Bids to upskill their businesses in social media so that they have the tools they need to engage online and drive sales in the lead up... Read more…

Local Bike Shop Day 2020 celebrated by record number of shoppers across the nation

15 Sep 2020

Local Bike Shop Day's postponed date of 5th September was the perfect time to celebrate the recent upturn in cycling and draw attention to allthat local bike shops have done for us... Read more…

Government launches Bounce-back plans for consumer and retail industry

10 Sep 2020

A ‘bounce-back' plan of trade measures for the consumer and retail industry has been announced to help support businesses impacted by Coronavirus.
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Advertise your jobs with Indie Retail for FREE

8 Sep 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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Get Involved with Thinking of You Week taking place 21st-27th September

8 Sep 2020

Thinking of You Week has been celebrated every September for the last 7 years. This year it is 21st-27th September 2020; and there has never been a more appropriate year to send a card, to keep... Read more…

Crown Commercial Service asks SME's to complete Engagement Survey

2 Sep 2020

The 20 question Survey concentrates on market access, registration and PPQ/SQ submission
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Plastic Bag Charge Increase to be extended to all businesses from April 2021

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have announced that single use plastic bag charge will be increased to from 5p to 10p and apply to ALL businesses, regardless of size, from April 2021.

The new policy was announced on Monday and will come into force from April 2021. It is unlikely that there will be requirements on small businesses (under 250 employees) to record the number of bags they sell in stores. By extending the charge to all retailers, ministers want to see bag usage cut significantly in small shops, with customers incentivised to use long-life bags made from more sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials.

Smaller retailers in England currently supply about 3.6 billion single-use bags annually. Last December, IRC member, the Association of Convenience Stores estimated about half of the small shops it represents in England are currently charging for plastic bags.

The government "expects" retailers to donate proceeds from plastic bag sales to good causes - but it's not compulsory. According to Defra, an estimated £51m was donated in 2017-18.

But while the vast majority of retailers chose to donate their plastic bag revenue - in line with government expectations - some chose to keep the money instead.

Responding to the forthcoming fee hike, CPRE - the countryside charity - said it was time to "step up and face the war on plastic".

"Government should bring in charges on all single-use, throwaway items - from takeaway cups to wooden forks," said Tom Fyans, deputy chief executive.

"Incentivising re-use systems and finally committing to an all-in Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers are the only ways the government can achieve a litter-free countryside and win the war on waste."




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