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UK Cycling resurgence timed perfectly for Local Bike Shop Day 2020

2 Sep 2020

The ACT and Cyclescheme join forces to make Local Bike Shop Day 2020 the best yet.
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‘Where You Shop Matters' Campain stars Card Retailers Lark London and Halls of Llandaff

2 Sep 2020

Greeting card retailers, Lark London and Halls of Llandaff are among theindependent retailers to star in Visa's current Where You Shop Matters campaign.
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Plastic Bag Charge Increase to be extended to all businesses from April 2021

2 Sep 2020

From April 2021 single use plastic bag charge will be increased to from 5p to 10p and apply to ALL businesses, regardless of size.

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Download your free Local Bike Shop Day 2020 digital Retailer Promo Pack

27 Aug 2020

There is now just over a week to prepare for this year's Local Bike Shop Day! To make preperations as easy as possible for IBDs during this busy time the ACT have created a digital Retailer... Read more…

Lock it, mark it, don't lose it: Download TfL's anti-theft poster now

21 Aug 2020

Download the TfL poster now to display in store and help us to avoid as many thefts as possible.
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Get your free retailer pack now by signing up on the Local Bike Shop Day website, last few remaining!

20 Aug 2020

Over 200 of these packs have already been given away to participating retailers, to get yours make sure you sign up now!

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Drive your organisation forward on social with the Maybe* free webinars

20 Aug 2020

Gain exclusive insight, expert opinion and up-to-date case studies with the Maybe* live webinars
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Independent Retailers Confederation partners with ‘shopping appointment' solution to bring confidence back to shopping

18 Aug 2020

New service eliminates the need for customers to queue to get into independent shops

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Get Pumped Up to cycle and join the World's Biggest Bike Ride on 12 September

14 Aug 2020

Cycling UK have launched a new campaign- Pumped Up- to celebrate the joy of the bike across our towns, cities and countryside and reminding people about the fun and freedom that cycling... Read more…

How Shop Local Week could benefit local bakery businesses

13 Aug 2020

Comment from Karen Dear, Director of Operations at the CBA (Craft Bakers Association) on how Shop Local Week could benefit local bakery businesses
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Mental health in independent retail

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Coronavirus is clearly having a huge impact on retail workers, but one of the impacts that is often overlooked is its effect on the mental wellbeing of those working in our stores.

Since the beginning of the crisis, many independent retailers and their staff have been working long hours and unfamiliar shift patterns, while others are now adjusting to returning to work after a long period of time off.

Talking Retail recently published an interview with Nisa retailer and Samaritan volunteer Harj Dhasee who explained that "We all do our best, but we don't always talk on an emotional level. I've been volunteering with the Samaritans for about a year and a half, so I know how important it is to talk. In normal times, everyone has different ways of coping, whether that's playing sport or going to the pub with your mates. But with the lockdown, all of that disappeared. There's a lot of pressure on our staff and they haven't had their normal support structures around them. There's been a lot of anxiety, uncertainty and frustration."

The article urged employers to consider reaching out to their employees and encourage them to talk about any problems they may be experiencing. Employees will often not feel confident in speaking up, so a manager making the first move to open a dialogue can be key. Regular catch-ups or supervisions are an opportunity to start the conversation. Questions should be simple, open and non-judgemental to give the employee ample opportunity to explain the situation in their own words, examples of which could be:

  • How are you doing at the moment?
  • You seem to be a bit down/upset/under pressure.
  • Is everything OK?
  • Is there anything I can do to help?
  • What support do you think might be useful?
Rehab 4 Addiction have created an informational guide with the aim of it being one of many stepping stones for those struggling and their loved ones to better understand their situation and lead them to find a safe and supportive environment, especially during the pandemic.
The following companies can also be contacted for additional support for those struggling:
Mental health for small workplaces: A collection of resources for small and medium-sized businesses is available online, including practical tools, e-learning and a mobile app.

The Samaritans: A well-known organisation has a free helpline available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering immediate help for anyone who is struggling. It recently launched a self-help app to suggest practical support and enable people to track their moods. It also offers workplace-specific support.
Telephone: 116 123

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