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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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Government funding announcement perfectly timed with ACA new apprenticeship standard launch

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Cytech coursesFor English-based cycle business there has never been a better time to take on an apprentice in cycle maintenance!

Yesterday the Government has announced that a total of £1.6bn investment will be made into scaling up employment support schemes, traineeships and apprenticeships to help people seeking jobs. This is particularly aimed at young people worst hit by the crisis.

Businesses will now be given £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25. In addition to this, the Government is encouraging employers to hire apprentices aged over 25 with a new £1,500 bonus that will be given to the employer per employee; this is running from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021. For the first time ever, the Government will also pay employers £1000 to take part in new traineeships with triple the number of places available, equalling a £111 million investment scale up traineeships in 2020-21 ensuring more young people aged 16-24 have access to high quality training. The incentives also include a £17 million of funding to triple the number of sector-based work academy placements in 2020-21.

This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.


Activate Cycle Academy Apprenticeships

The Government announcement is perfectly timed with Activate Cycle Academy's launch of a brand new apprenticeship standard for bicycle mechanics! This Level 2, 18 month programme will replace the old frameworks from 1st August, 2020.

Full details about the rollout of this new standard will follow in the next few days. However, in a recent announcement from ACA they have already disclosed that Cytech will play a key part in the new standard: "with our background in delivering Cytech technical training to the cycle trade, you can be sure that Cytech features heavily as part of the qualifications that apprentices will gain during the apprenticeship - the cycle trade asked, and we listened."

Cytech is the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians. Cytech delivers training and promotion of technical skills to the cycle trade and enthusiasts worldwide.

Apprenticeship training has always been heavily funded by the Government, but after today's announcement, it becomes an even more attractive training proposition for staff for a lot more businesses.

For more information about Activate Cycle Academy's apprenticeship schemes visit their website here or contact them at

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