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A quick and easy guide to Click and Collect for retailers

21 Jan 2021

The following quick and easy guide to Click and Collect can be used by all retailers, even if those that don't have an ecommerce platform
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Urgent demand from MPs to regulate Buy Now Pay Later firms

21 Jan 2021

The call to regulate BNPL firms like Klarna, Laybuy and Clearpay is now supported by 70 MPs, with many arguing that the FCA review is too lengthy and could leave consumers drowning in debt
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2021 Valentine's Day Toolkit for card retailers

19 Jan 2021

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) have created a 2021 Valentines Day Toolkit, with the aim of helping retailers promote Valentine's Day in their stores and online.
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Welsh Government introduces Clean Air Bill & report on impact of lockdown on air quality

18 Jan 2021

The Welsh Government has published a white paper setting out its plans for a Clean Air (Wales) Bill, to protect the health of the nation and ecosystems from pollutants in the... Read more…

Many insurers made to pay tens of thousands of small businesses for Covid lockdown losses

15 Jan 2021

Following today's Supreme Court ruling tens of thousands of small businesses will receive insurance payouts covering losses from the first national lockdown.

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Single use carrier bag set to increase in Scotland from 5p to 10p from 1st April 2021

13 Jan 2021

The increase in the SUCB charge will not result in a cost increase for retailers.
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Freedom To Pay campaign promotes the use of cash in stores

13 Jan 2021

Cash is a necessity millions couldn't live without, will you sign the voluntary cash pledge?
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Maybe*'s 10 step plan for social media success in 2021

11 Jan 2021

Maybe* share how they will achieve their 2021 to improve insights using opportunities spotted in their own data

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New digital product discovery platform Buyerdock searches for indie retail volunteers for free trials

6 Jan 2021

Buyerdock, the new online platform to help buyers find exciting new shelf ready products, have now opened the platform to independent retailers.
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How to employ Low Skills workers in post Brexit UK

4 Jan 2021

ActSmart partner Tom Redfern, Founder and Senior Partner at Redfern Legal LLP, investigates ways in which it is still possible to employ a low skills worker who is not a UK national

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Welsh Finance Minister Sets out 2021-22 Budget

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

moneyWelsh Government Finance Minister Rebecca Evans MS has unveiled its ‘Protect, Build, Change' draft Budget for 2021/22.

In the first budget since the pandemic, the package delivers an extra £176 million for local government to support schools, social care and local services that have been critical to our response to the pandemic. The package includes a £10 million boost to the Social Care Grant, which now stands at £50 million, in recognition of the significant impact the pandemic has had on the sector.

Strategic spending plans included in the draft include investing in ‘Town Centre First' pilots to improve the diversity of services on high streets and £5m for a Town Centre Loans programme to support the conversion of properties into shops. A targeted tax reduction will also help businesses recovering from the worst of the pandemic. Most businesses purchasing non-residential properties costing less than £225,000 won't pay any Land Transaction Tax, as the threshold is raised by 50%.

£38m has also been allocated to support the transition towards electric vehicle charging. £77m has been allocated as part of an initial pandemic-response package to continue free school meal schemes and contract tracing.

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:

"As we plan for our first steps beyond the pandemic, this budget is designed to protect health and our economy, build a greener future and create change for a more prosperous, more equal, and a greener Wales.

Despite the most challenging circumstances we have ever faced as a government, I am proud to announce a budget that delivers on our values and provides sound foundations for the next administration.

While like for like funding per person in Wales remains below 2010 levels, our priorities will steer a course for stability, protecting what matters most and creating the change that is essential to a good recovery."

The Minister is expected to make an oral Statement on the draft Budget in the Senedd Cymru on 12th January 2021.

Draft Budget 2021 to 2022

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