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Increase your revenue by offering secure on-site bike parking with HUDJO

27 Jan 2022

Business booms by 30% when people cycle to the high street*. But they need somewhere to park. The HUDJO app gives cyclists easy access to a network of friendly hosts that provide secure and... Read more…

Activate Cycle Academy to open a new north-east Cytech training facility

27 Jan 2022

 Based within ZyroFisher's Head Office, one of the country's leading distributor of cycle parts, accessories and clothing, this brand new workshop is the latest addition to the expanding... Read more…

ACS publishes report providing key insights into the social and economic contributions of the rural shop sector

25 Jan 2022

The report has found there are 17,000 rural convenience stores in mainland UK, employing over 138,000 people. 79% of rural convenience stores are owned and operated by independent retailers... Read more…

Fully Charged opens up in Cornwall to bring the world's leading electric bike brands to the South West!

25 Jan 2022

Located in the geographic centre of Cornwall, Devon and South Somerset inLiskeard, Fully Charged Cornwall is ideally suited for all major-routesin the South West up to Taunton in the North... Read more…

Begin your Cytech journey now with Theory One from just 41.67

20 Jan 2022

Getting qualified to a minimum of Cytech theory one is key for every cycle trade employee, and with up to 2/3 discount it's... Read more…

Get Prepared for Making Tax Digital for VAT

17 Jan 2022

Thereis now less than three months until all VAT-registered retailers are required to submit quarterly VAT updates and annual returns via the government's Making Tax Digital (MTD) system.... Read more…

Applications for additional Apprenticeship incentives open

11 Jan 2022

Applicationsfor the Government's latest additional incentive payment of £3,000 opentoday (11 January 2022) for employers who have hired an apprentice(s) over the winter.
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Know your Scottish Polymer 50 notes - Information for Retailers

11 Jan 2022

Following an increase in counterfeit notes, the "Know your Scottish Polymer £50 notes" document assists retailers in determining whether the Polymer Scottish£50 notes they receive... Read more…

2022 Valentine's Day Toolkit

11 Jan 2022

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) have created the 2022 Valentines DayToolkit full of resources to help retailers promote Valentine's Day in their stores and online.
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Attract cyclists to your business by offering secure on-site bike parking with HUDJO

6 Jan 2022

Research shows 45% of people are unwilling to use a bike if there is no secure parking at their destination. HUDJO fixes this problem by encouragingcyclists to hop on their bike and cycle... Read more…

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Kickstart scheme applications ending next week

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

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.

Employers of all sizes now have until 17 December 2021 to apply for funding which covers:

On top of this funding, an additional £1,500 payment is also made to the employer per placement to support with setup costs and employability training.

Employers can spread the start dates of the job placements up until 31 March 2022, with funding available for 6 months once the young person has started.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future. So far more than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved.

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Read the Kickstart Scheme - a guide for employer

Now even simpler for employers to join

Since February 2021 the Department for Work and Pensions allows retailers to apply directly for its Kickstart Scheme regardless of the number of jobs to be funded, having amended from the previous requirement for retailers applying for funding for 29 or fewer placements to partner with an external ‘Kickstart Gateway' for quality checks.

Placements must start by the end of March 2022 and must be new jobs - they cannot reduce working hours for other colleagues. To ensure all job placements continue to be of a high quality, the government will continue to apply rigorous checks on training support and finances.

Further guidance about the Kickstart Scheme is available here. Please contact the ACT directly if you would like any further information about the ACT, Cytech or the Kickstart Scheme.

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