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New research reveals the best cities in the UK for independent retailers.

4 Mar 2024

Research by global fintech company SumUp has revealed the best cities in the UK for independent businesses.
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Rising costs continue to impact hair and beauty sector

21 Feb 2024

The latest quarterly State of the Industry survey from the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) shows that the recovery of the sector was slow and steady through 2023 and into January... Read more…

UK votes for its favourite pun-based shop name

21 Feb 2024

The UK has voted for its favourite pun-based shop name, and 'Sew It Seams' - a clothing alteration store in Belfast - has been awarded the top spot. 
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Town centre shops praise council for initiatives

21 Feb 2024

Businesses in the Devon town of Ottery St Mary have praised their local council for initiatives designed to help support them and boost trade.
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Three UK indie coffee shops named among the most popular in the world.

19 Feb 2024

A new ranking of the most popular independent coffee shops in the world has put three UK cafes in the top 10.
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Age-friendly businesses could revitalise Britain's high streets.

19 Feb 2024

Older people could be the financial shot in the arm needed for Britain’s high street, according to research commissioned by the University of Stirling. 
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Rural shops more important than ever, new report shows.

8 Feb 2024

The ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has celebrated the crucial role that rural shops play in thousands of communities across the UK in its 2024 Rural Shop Report.
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Study reveals Apple Pay and contactless payments have overtaken cash payments as favourite ways to pay in-store.

8 Feb 2024

New research reveals that Apple Pay and contactless payments have overtaken cash payments by a landslide as our favourite ways to pay in-store.
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Fed expresses alarm at ‘runaway’ shoplifting incidents.

5 Feb 2024

The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) has expressed alarm at new figures that show shoplifting at its highest level in 20 years.
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Hunstanton deli launches new West Norfolk food and drink festival.

5 Feb 2024

A brand-new festival is being launched next month is “all about community and breathing life into the High Street”, according to Mark Kacary, managing director of The Norfolk Deli in... Read more…

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Cycling in London up 40% since the start of the pandemic, TfL reports

Posted on in Cycles News

TfL said the increase in cycling was “very encouraging” and was achieved despite a reduction in all forms of commuting. Weekday bike trips are up 20- 25%, when March 2020 is compared with October 2022, while there has been a 90% increase in cycling at the weekend.

TFL cyclist

There has also been record usage of the “Boris bike”/Santander bike hire scheme - 10.9 million hires so far this year, up 762,500 on the same point last year, and including 86,000 hires of the scheme’s new e-bikes.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “It’s great to see that the boom in walking and cycling we saw during the pandemic has continued.”

TfL’s target is for a third of Londoners to live within 400m of a “high quality” cycle route by 2025. The figure has risen to 22%, compared with 12% in 2019, but some of the routes are temporary schemes that are being reviewed and could be removed.

TfL is investing £80m a year in walking and cycling schemes, with a further £69m a year for borough schemes.

Alex Williams, TfL’s chief customer and strategy officer, said: “Walking and cycling are absolutely essential to a more sustainable future for London so it’s very encouraging to see this new data, which shows that there continues to be significant increases in the number of journeys cycled or on foot.”

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