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Just a Card Indie Week is here and it's not too late to get involved!

25 Nov 2021

An antidote to the fast-purchase culture of Black Friday, Just a Card – Indie Week is your chance to shine, your opportunity to celebrate and share your work, stories and communities,... Read more…

How fraudsters are exploiting customers using popular BNPL service providers

23 Nov 2021

Improperly regulatedBuy Now Pay Later services aren't just growing in popularity among consumers, they're also proving to be a hit with criminals.
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Download the ShopKind Christmas assets now

22 Nov 2021

All retailers are encouraged to download the print and social media ShopKind campaign materials and use them in stores.
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Still have Fix Your Bike vouchers to redeem? Let the DfT know

22 Nov 2021

The deadline for completing all repairs as part of the Fix Your Bike scheme has now passed but it's not too late to ask for an extension.

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Save the date Just a Card Indie Week 2021 22-26 November

18 Nov 2021

An antidote to the fast-purchase culture of Black Friday, Just a Card – Indie Week is your chance to shine, your opportunity to celebrate and share your work, stories and communities,... Read more…

New service brings ACT members up to 20% off IT equipment and free access to tech advice

18 Nov 2021

Technologyhas important effects on business operations. The ACT has partnered withDell to assist businesses in attaining quality up-to-date IT equipment and access specialist advice to... Read more…

Scotland commits to transport decarbonisation

15 Nov 2021

The ScottishGovernment has signed an international pledge as part of the COP26 conference, committing to accelerate the transition to 100% zero emission vehicles.
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Scotland to ban single use plastics from June 2022

15 Nov 2021

The Scottish Government has laid legislation to introduce a ban on certain single use plastic items from 1st June 2022.
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Consultation launched to bring BNPL providers under regulation

11 Nov 2021

As trendy Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) services continue to grow in popularity across the UK, a charity has warned that using these non-regulated services can be like "slipping into quicksand".... Read more…

Take part in Road Safety Week 2021

4 Nov 2021

The ACT is a supporting organisation of Road Safety Week 2021 to represent the cycling industry and encourage road safety for all who usethem.
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Write to your MP ahead of Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

IndependeUK shopsnt retailers are urged to write to their MPs ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, which is expected to include a review of business rates.

Rishi Sunak's statement is expected to be made on October 27, 2021, and will set out the state of the nation's finances for at least the next six months before the spring Budget next March.

Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) member BIRA have created a template letter for you to cut and paste, and amend with your personal details before posting, or emailing it to your MP.

 

IRC iconThe Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) is a well-established organisation that brings together like-minded trade associations with interests in the small and independent retail sector. It currently represents c.100,000 independent retailers throughout the UK and provides a lobbying platform for increasing the profile and voice of independent retailing within Government and Parliament. The ACT and ActSmart are key members of the IRC to represent their members.

The IRC have a duty to attempt to reduce business rates and reduce the burden on retail. Businesses are likely to struggle with the re-introduction of full rates net year and it is important for us to communicate this message to as many MPs and government ministers as possible.

Therefore, we are urging the wider independent retail sector to contact their MPs to express their concerns

Download the template letter here

Not sure who your MP is? Find out who represents your constituency here.

 

 

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