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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

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'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…

Indie Retail COVID-19 Reopening Resources and Guidance 2021

31 Mar 2021

Indie Retail have created an updated guidance document for shops that are now reopening after previously closing
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Local Bike Shop Day 2021 scheduled to take place August bank holiday weekend

30 Mar 2021

Following 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.
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Business rates appeals denied amid new 1.5bn relief package

26 Mar 2021

The government has said it will legislate to "rule out" business rates appeals related to the Covid-19 pandemic, as it unveiled a new £1.5 billion relief package.
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Indie Retail COVID-19 Reopening Resources and Guidance 2021

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After many retail businesses were told at the beginning of the third lockdown to once again close their doors and move online where possible, there is no question that the lockdown will change the way that consumers shop in the long-term.

Research suggest that customers now place a higher value on customer service than they did before COVID-19, but that they still may feel uncomfortable physically visiting many shops for a long-time as of yet. While we have seen a great shift towards online shopping over the last few months, it is now time to start planning for customers walking through high-street doors once again from 12th April.

The following guidance is for shops that are now reopening after previously closing. The aim of the document is to enable retailers to operate efficiently while implementing social distancing and other safety measures with various advice and resources.

The safety and wellbeing of every member of staff and customers is Indie Retail's number one priority, and therefore it is important that virus control restrictions continue to limit transmission. Any recommendations or changes to normal practice should be communicated to your insurance provider. Indie Retail is not liable for the guidance presented in this document.

The guide provides:

  • Advice on getting back up and running safely after business closure
  • Advice on sourcing materials for shielding/social distancing
  • A COVID-19 re-opening an empty building checklist
  • How to let the UK know that you are open
  • Advice on workplace COVID-19 testing
  • How to use social media to invite customers back
  • Addition resources

Download the Indie Retail COVID-19 Reopening Resources and Guidance Document 2021

 

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