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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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Kickstart Scheme deadline extension

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

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.

Employers of all sizes now have until 17 December 2021 to apply for funding which covers:

On top of this funding, an additional £1,500 payment is also made to the employer per placement to support with setup costs and employability training.

Employers can spread the start dates of the job placements up until 31 March 2022, with funding available for 6 months once the young person has started.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future. So far more than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved.

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Read the Kickstart Scheme - a guide for employer

Now even simpler for employers to join

Since February 2021 the Department for Work and Pensions allows retailers to apply directly for its Kickstart Scheme regardless of the number of jobs to be funded, having amended from the previous requirement for retailers applying for funding for 29 or fewer placements to partner with an external ‘Kickstart Gateway' for quality checks.

Placements must start by the end of March 2022 and must be new jobs - they cannot reduce working hours for other colleagues. To ensure all job placements continue to be of a high quality, the government will continue to apply rigorous checks on training support and finances.

Further guidance about the Kickstart Scheme is available here. Please contact the ACT directly if you would like any further information about the ACT, Cytech or the Kickstart Scheme.

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