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Scottish Election Party Manifesto Briefings

23 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 6th May.
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How Aldi's social media is rallying customers against competitors

22 Apr 2021

Maybe* investigate how Aldi used their #freecuthbert campaign to drive social media engagement and brand sentiment.
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400 shopworkers abused everyday as customers urged to "Shopkind"

22 Apr 2021

Members of the IRC and wider retail industry comes together to tackle verbal and physical abuse against shopworkers  


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Social media tips from indie businesses who have successfully diversified their proposition

14 Apr 2021

Maybe* take a look at how two independent businesses have used social media tactics to drive their businesses forwards.
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High street footfall rises 174% in England & Wales post-lockdown

14 Apr 2021

High streets across England and Wales have witnessed an immediate comeback in footfall as non-essential retailers reopened on Monday for the first time in over three months.
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New 18 million Bikeability funding coincides with Local Bike Shop Day aims

13 Apr 2021

The DfT has announced £18 million for Bikeability cycling proficiency training scheme, which fits in well with Local Bike Shop Day's aims of encouraging children to cycle back to schoolRead more…

'Optimism is in the air' according to BRC Economic Briefing Report

8 Apr 2021

The latest UK economic data has been significantly better than expected; check out key insights from the new research.
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Leading industry bodies warn that plan for vacant shop-to-residential conversions will not save our high streets

7 Apr 2021

Despite warnings from leading industry bodies the MHCLG have now confirmed that the simplified planning process for retail to residential conversions will be going ahead
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How to grow your independent business using new social media techniques

7 Apr 2021

Maybe* take a look at how two independent businesses have used social media tactics to drive their businesses forwards.
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Minimum wage rises for two million workers

1 Apr 2021

The National Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91, the equivalent of more than £345 a year for a full-time employee. Increased cash incentives for employers to hire new apprentices... Read more…

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Ipswich shows innovation in aims to become 'UK's first 15-minute' town

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Ipswich haFemale cyclist in park unveiled a bold plan to become the UK's first "15-minute" town in a "post-Covid world".

The plans would reshape the Suffolk town as more of a neighbourhood than a shopping destination with more housing, green spaces, schools and recreation.

The "15-minute city" concept was developed by Professor Carlos Moreno at the Sorbonne in Paris.

His concept is to improve quality of life by creating cities where everything a resident needs can be reached within a quarter of an hour by foot or bike. Once again, this would prove the essential role that bike shops play in our societies, as they have during the duration of the pandemic.

Ipswich Central said the proposals were "ahead of the game".

Terry Baxter, chairman of the town's Business Improvement District (Bid), said: "This is a bold plan which recognises that in the new, post-Covid world, our town centre will need to rely less upon retail and develop a new purpose as a place to live and visit.

"This new strategy for Ipswich commits to many more people living centrally and having around them all that they will need to live their lives locally.

"It is exceptionally ambitious and demonstrates that, once again, we are ahead of the game."

The plan for Ipswich to take on board the concept has been put together by Ipswich Vision, a partnership between organisations including Ipswich Central, the borough council, county council and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Baxter said they had also received a £25m grant from the government's Town Fund. Prof Dave Muller, chairman of All About Ipswich, the tourism website for the town, said: "The leisure, entertainment and hospitality sectors have been hard hit by the pandemic.

"But, as businesses in and around the town start to reopen, they will recognise that this plan will help to define Ipswich as an accessible, convenient and connected place to visit and stay."

 

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