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Kickstart Scheme deadline extension

14 Oct 2021

Originally due to end on 31 December 2021, it has since been announced (4th October 2021) that the scheme has been extended until March 2022.
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September breaks records for number of practical Cytech technicians certified within one month

13 Oct 2021

Cytech continues to be in record-breaking demand as it now sees the highest ever number of technicians certified within one month in September 2021 - with over 115 in the UK alone!
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Contactless Payments Increase to 100 on Friday 15th October 2021

13 Oct 2021

According to UK Finance, 'The new £100 limit is designed to balance security, convenience and consumer demand."
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Your business journey to net zero: Register for the London or Scotland event now

11 Oct 2021

Your Business Journey to Net Zero, is a series of locally focused virtual events, designed to help small businesses who want to play theirpart in climate change, but don't know where is best... Read more…

Write to your MP ahead of Chancellor's Autumn Statement

7 Oct 2021

Independentretailers are urged to write to their MPs ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, which is expected to include a review of business rates.
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Free workshops: Build Back Better by designing circularity into your businesses

6 Oct 2021

Come along to this practical online workshop and you'll take a fresh look at the resources flowing through your business and identify opportunities to increase your profits.
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Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment Delayed to 2024

6 Oct 2021

The government will be introducing compulsory Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) a year later than planned
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Beware of an increase in fraud; here's what to look out for...

30 Sep 2021

Members across the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) have reported an increase in scam emails and fraud attempts experienced by retailers.
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Contactless limit to increase to 100 from 15 October

29 Sep 2021

UK Finance have announced that the national roll-out of the new £100 spending limit for contactless card payments will begin from 15 October 2021.
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Reunite and rediscover food & drink this October at the Fine Food Show North

29 Sep 2021

IRC member the Guild of Fine Food are hosting the Fine Food Show North, a showcase of small & medium-sized food and drink producers from across the UK
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Retailers could face prosecution for selling electric scooters without disclaimers

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Outdoor News, Political News

Selling electric scooters without clear warnings is breaking the law, according to minister

escooters Although riding personal electric scooters (e-scooters) on public roads is legal (to varying degrees) in other European countries, in the UK it is illegal to ride them anywhere other than on private land and with the landowners permission.

Only e-scooters rented from licenced operators are allowed to be used on public roads and cycle lanes in the UK – rental schemes are currently running in about 50 towns and cities up and down the country.

A warning has been made to retailers selling e-scooters that they could face prosecution if they don’t make these legal considerations clear to customers at the point of sale.

Redditch MP and former transport minister Rachel Maclean has said that shops and websites “are breaking the law and misinforming consumers if they are not making it clear at the point of sale.”

She went on to say that local trading standards should start taking action against retailers who continue to sell the devices without any disclaimers. According to The Times, the comments were made after a rise in the number of people riding these vehicles on UK roads, fuelled in part by the drop in other road traffic during the pandemic, leading some to be concerned.

Research by the newspaper shows that some major retailers do provide legal disclaimers at the point of sale, however many others continue to sell e-scooters freely with no such warning – some even encourage their illegal use on roads. Over 2,000 e-scooters have been seized from customers riding them illegally by The Metropolitan Police since the start of this year.

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