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Join over 20,000 businesses that are benefiting from being Disability Confident

17 Jun 2021

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers with the tools to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.
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Help to Grow Webinar: How SMEs can innovate, grow & drive recovery

17 Jun 2021

Join the Secretary of State for the Department for BEIS, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, for the next in a seriesof live panel discussions on 23rd June at 10:30 AM

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Bank of England new polymer 50 note coming next week

16 Jun 2021

The Bank of England have released details about the new polymer £50 note featuring the mathematician Alan Turing.
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Global Payments strengthens Ecommerce Portal security with multi-factor authentication

16 Jun 2021

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of protection for your account login credentials and business data.
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Rishi Sunak rejects calls by businesses for furlough extension despite extended restrictions

15 Jun 2021

Rishi Sunak has rejected business demands for an extension of the furlough scheme and business rates relief, despite a four-week delay in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions now set for 19... Read more…

Deadline extension for Strong Customer Authentication

10 Jun 2021

The FCA have announced that they have extended the deadline for implementing Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) for e-commerce transactions to 14 March 2022.
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Independents' Day UK campaign to culminate in full weekend celebration of indie retail sector across 3/4 July

2 Jun 2021

The campaign's organisers are asking the public to "pledge a few pounds" to independent retailers across the weekend
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Government Launches 'Together for our Planet' to encourage SMEs to cut emissions

1 Jun 2021

The Together for our Planet campaign encourages small businesses to pledge to cut their emissions to net zero by 2050 or sooner, while helping them grow, adapt and seize new opportunities.... Read more…

Register as a supporter for #BikeIsBest Spring Summer Campaign

28 May 2021

The Cycling Marketing Board has united with the ACT and other leading cycle organisations into one powerful voice, with a single mission - to get more people riding bikes, more often.
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#ShopKind campaign gathers momentum as retail industry comes together to tackle shopworker abuse

27 May 2021

The #ShopKind campaign was launched in April with the purpose of spreading awareness of the violence that takes place in shops on a dailybasis.
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ACT and ActSmart to meet with business minister Paul Scully to discuss high street initiatives

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

OParliamentn Wednesday 19th May the ACT and ActSmart, along with other key members of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), will be partaking in a meeting with government officials in regard to the wellbeing of the high street.

The IRC is a well-established organisation, bringing together like-minded trade associations with interests in the small and independent retail sector. The IRC represents c.100,000 independent retailers throughout the UK, creating a growing retail network, committed to the development and sharing of best practice among associations and their members engaged in the independent retail sector. 

The meeting is the third one of its kind, following a conference with Small Business and Enterprise Minister Paul Scully at the end of last year and another one in February. Previous meetings evaluated any lessons that we have so far learned from national lockdowns and ways in which we can move forward from this using government support. Read more about that here.

The lockdown has heavily affected high street retailers, impacting both essential and non-essential retailers in different ways. The ACT has been collating feedback from IBDs in regard to ongoing issues that are being experienced and any queries that we have been unable to find solutions for. This information has then been combined with other IRC member feedback with following topics being agreed upon:

  • Feedback on the re-opening of the high street
  • Landlord Tenants
  • Brexit - Export/ VAT/ Ecommerce and barriers to SMEs
  • Permitted Development Rights

The IRC will be meeting with the minister once again early in the summer. If you would like to provide any feedback or suggestions that could potentially be discussed in the meeting please email info@indieretail.uk.

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