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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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22 Apr 2021

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22 Apr 2021

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High street footfall rises 174% in England & Wales post-lockdown

14 Apr 2021

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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

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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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Local Bike Shop Day 2021 scheduled to take place August bank holiday weekend

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

FollLocal Bike Shop Day logoowing a survey completed by IBDs and key members of the cycling industry, there has been a majority agreement that Local Bike Shop Day should one again be delayed to late summer.

Local Bike Shop Day is a day for the industry coordinated by the industry. Previous years, 2020 in particular, have seen huge successes with hundreds of retailers getting involved and hundreds of thousands of consumers reached. It is a day to celebrate independent cycle shops across the UK and is designed to appeal to all cyclists - new and dedicated enthusiasts - with the aim of increasing web traffic and driving more footfall through the door of the IBD up and down the country.

Pictured below is owner of one of the 2020 prize winning bike shops, Heather from Saddles and Paddles, who said of her involvement in the day "There's never been a more important time to support local, independent shops and so I was keen to use Local Bike Shop Day to remind people of all the benefits of shopping with us, rather than chains or online stores."

 

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Local Bike Shop Day has traditionally taken place in May, with the reason for this being to encourage to consumers to visit their local bike shop in preparation for peak cycling season. However, the survey highlighted significant challenges that IBDs are experiencing, including uncertainty of the UK's recovery roadmap, stock shortages caused by the pandemic and Brexit and how long this unprecedented demand for cycling will last.

All set for summer 2021

Throughout the past year bicycles have offered a key solution to many problems currently being faced by isolating Brits across the UK; a safe mode of transport, a way of keeping fit, a way to get fresh air, all whilst enabling the cyclist to maintain a 2 metre distance from others and have minimal contact with surfaces and objects.

The revised date of Saturday 28th August will now fall at an ideal time to encourage children to start cycling when they return to school and to inspire the nation to continue cycling after the seasonal good weather comes to an end.
The information obtained through the survey provided guidance as to when Local Bike Shop Day should be deferred to. The decision for the new date centred on when IBDs will be able to reap the most benefits, as well as that of which follows Government guidelines as the safety of the nation will always be of the upmost importance.

Local Bike Shop Day is an industry wide initiative managed by the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT). The ACT are keen to hear any input and ideas that the trade may have to offer in order to ensure that Local Bike Shop Day is once again widely celebrated and valued by IBDs and customers alike. If you would like to get in touch please email info@theact.org.uk.

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