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Workshop announced for impending export VAT rules impacting B2C Trading

13 May 2021

The EU's incoming One Stop Shop (OSS) VAT return for e-commerce aims to simplify VAT obligations for companies carrying out cross-border sales of goods and services (mainly online) to... Read more…

Businesses offering retail finance can now save hundreds of pounds per year with ActSmart's new initiative

13 May 2021

ActSmart members will be able to save time and money when offering retail finance with the new Retail Finance Appointed Representative initiative
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ActSmart partners with Maybe* to help retailers find social media success

13 May 2021

ActSmart are partnering with the social media management platform Maybe* in a bid to get more cycling retailers up-to-date in the world of social media
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Take the Which? Cash Friendly Pledge

13 May 2021

The Which? Cash Friendly Pledge is a public commitment to show customers that your stores accept cash payments

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Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bag Charge Increase

13 May 2021

From 21st May in England, the minimum charge for plastic bags will increase from 5p to 10p per bag, and will be applicable to all businesses regardless of size.

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ACT and ActSmart to meet with business minister Paul Scully to discuss high street initiatives

13 May 2021

On Wednesday 19th May the ACT, along with other key members of the IRC, will be partaking in a meeting with government officials in regard to the wellbeing of the high street
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Register now for APPGCW virtual meeting to discuss how to make active travel safer

12 May 2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking (APPGCW) virtual meeting takes place on the 14th of May with the subject ''How to make active travel safer - improving safety audits and... Read more…

Best Small Shops nominee Pennine Cycles once again commended with award

7 May 2021

Pennine Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

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Government Supports Amendment to Introduce Cashback Without Purchase

5 May 2021

The Government has agreed an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which will enable shops to offer cashback to customers without making a purchase.
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Free Whitepaper: How the retail sector can survive and thrive post-pandemic

29 Apr 2021

Armed with research data from Maybe*, a panel of retail industry expertshave collaborated to create this whitepaper with one goal - to help businesses thrive in this new era of uncertainty.... Read more…

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Single Use Carrier Bag Charge changes in England no longer coming into force as expected

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Creative News

The Plastic bagDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has just confirmed that the amendments to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 will not be coming into force on 30th April 2021 as originally expected and communicated by Government.

Whilst the legislation has now passed in Parliament, the pre-election period has placed delays on the legislation coming into effect and clarity on the new timeline is expected imminently from Defra.

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 will make the following changes:

  • The minimum amount that sellers must charge for a single use carrier bag (SUCB) will increase from 5 pence to 10 pence.
  • The obligation to charge for SUCB will be extended to all retailers and the exemption for airport retailers from charging for SUCB will be removed.
  • The current "sunset clause" will be removed.
  • Provisions relating to the review of the 2015 Order and excluded bags will be updated.

Reporting requirements on the number of SUCB sold annually will not be extended to micro, small and medium sized enterprises (those with less than 250 employees), in order to minimise additional burdens.

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