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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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Best Small Shops names Rides on Air as a COVID-19 Innovator

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

In the second of our ‘Meet the InRides on Airnovators' series, exploring independent retailers that have excelled during the Covid crisis, we spoke with Paul Lynn, Director of cycle shop, Rides on Air.

"We had to completely review our stock levels and ordering model, knowing that three to four months down the road we may experience big delays with bikes and general stock. Because we took a proactive approach, throughout lockdown we have had a steady amount of orders from a number of regions across the UK, thanks to a healthy stock of bikes and accessories.

"This move required a significant financial commitment at a time of great uncertainty. We recognised an early spike in eBikes so took the decision to invest in a large variety of stock which has seen our sales on eBikes increase four-fold in six months on the total volume for last year."

The Rides on Air team has collaborated with other independent cycle shops to fulfil orders, Paul adds: "We have relationships with a small group of other stores who we worked closely together with, in moving stock overnight to meet customer demand and have directed customers to each others' stores which had the model/size they were after in stock.

"The announcement of lockdown was a shock, something I never considered would happen in my lifetime. Combine this with the initial difficulty of closing our business when we were looking forward to a summer of growth - and we found ourselves in a daunting situation. But, we picked ourselves up and started our plans to cater for change!

"Keeping employees and customers safe has been an integral part of this, from changing the shop's layout and providing staff with their own phones to delivering bikes to customers who are isolating, there a number of practices that we will be maintaining for the rest of 2020 at the very least."

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