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Help us to campaign the removal of the 200 reporting threshold for retail crime

19 Oct 2021

This is the £200 threshold that determines the response by the police, and theft below this level does not always merit a police visit and offenders can plead guilty by post.
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Kickstart Scheme deadline extension

14 Oct 2021

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.
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September breaks records for number of practical Cytech technicians certified within one month

13 Oct 2021

Cytech continues to be in record-breaking demand as it now sees the highest ever number of technicians certified within one month in September 2021 - with over 115 in the UK alone!
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Contactless Payments Increase to 100 on Friday 15th October 2021

13 Oct 2021

According to UK Finance, 'The new £100 limit is designed to balance security, convenience and consumer demand."
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Your business journey to net zero: Register for the London or Scotland event now

11 Oct 2021

Your Business Journey to Net Zero, is a series of locally focused virtual events, designed to help small businesses who want to play theirpart in climate change, but don't know where is best... Read more…

Write to your MP ahead of Chancellor's Autumn Statement

7 Oct 2021

Independentretailers are urged to write to their MPs ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, which is expected to include a review of business rates.
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Free workshops: Build Back Better by designing circularity into your businesses

6 Oct 2021

Come along to this practical online workshop and you'll take a fresh look at the resources flowing through your business and identify opportunities to increase your profits.
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Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment Delayed to 2024

6 Oct 2021

The government will be introducing compulsory Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) a year later than planned
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Beware of an increase in fraud; here's what to look out for...

30 Sep 2021

Members across the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) have reported an increase in scam emails and fraud attempts experienced by retailers.
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Contactless limit to increase to 100 from 15 October

29 Sep 2021

UK Finance have announced that the national roll-out of the new £100 spending limit for contactless card payments will begin from 15 October 2021.
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Scottish Government Sets Out Power Sharing Agreement

Posted on in Cycles News, Political News

The Sscotlandcottish Government has published its shared policy programme following the announcement of the Scottish National Party's power sharing partnership with the Scottish Green Party.

The policy programme restates the government's ambitions for an independent Scotland within the EU and sets out plans to bring forward a regulatory framework for zero emissions heating and energy efficiency.

The policy programme also states the Scottish Government will embed the concept of twenty-minute neighbourhoods to strengthen community resilience, publish a national strategy for economic transformation in the Autumn, and place duties on Scottish Ministers to produce statements of policy in relation to food.

Economic Development & Communities

The Scottish Government will publish a Retail Strategy to help the sector innovate, thrive and support local supply chains. A new ten-year strategy for economic transformation will also be launched in the Autumn, while a new £20m Rural Entrepreneur Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to support the relocation or creation of 2000 businesses. The Programme for Government states aims to revitalise local communities through the development of ‘20-minute neighbourhoods' where key services can be accessed within a short walk or cycle. A consultation on a new fourth edition of the National Planning Framework will be launched this autumn to embed this concept.

Net Zero Nation

The Scottish Government will bring forward a Circular Economy Bill in this parliamentary session which bans commonly littered single-use plastic items. An update will be provided shortly on delivering a deposit return scheme, following the independent review of the implementation date, currently set for summer 2022. To help the transition towards net zero, the Scottish Government will establish Just Transition Plans for all sectors, including retail. The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be phased out by 2030 alongside improvements in electric vehicle infrastructure.

Business Rates

The Small Business Bonus Scheme will be retained for the lifetime of this Scottish Parliament. The Business Growth Accelerator will also be in place for the full parliamentary term, providing no increase in rates bills for 12 months after property improvements are made. A Non-Domestic Rates Covid-19 Appeals Bill will prevent the use of material change of circumstances provisions within the business rates appeals system which cite Covid-19 or related restrictions.

 

Download the full policy programme here.

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