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Cycling Industry News launches annual Market Study

3 Nov 2022

Cycling Industry News’ sixth annual Market Study has today gone live with independent retailers, workshops and mobile mechanics invited to take part by clicking here.
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More cycle routes would be good for drivers, says AA President

1 Nov 2022

AA President Edmund King has told the Daily Telegraph that more cycle routes would be good for drivers, as encouraging motorists to take fewer journeys by car could cut household fuel... Read more…

Government urged to protect £4 billion worth of active travel investment

31 Oct 2022

Sustrans has announced that it has joined together with other organisations representing active travel, motoring, road safety, the environment and business leaders to urge the UK government to... Read more…

Cautious welcome from business leaders for new PM Sunak

26 Oct 2022

As the economic clouds darken, business leaders have tentatively welcomed the arrival of Rishi Sunak as the country’s new prime minister.
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Cytech training Scotland Kick-Off on the 27th October at Bike For Good Glasgow in the West End Hub

25 Oct 2022

Glasgow, Scotland - Bike for Good is proud to bring the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians to Scotland for the first time. The first Cytech... Read more…

Businesses on deadline to adhere to FCA Consumer Duty

25 Oct 2022

Together with our partners at V12 Retail Finance, we are highlighting the FCA Consumer Duty and the four key outcomes that the FCA will be looking for authorised businesses to adhere to.
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Shoppers predicted to spend £4.4bn less in the run-up to Christmas

24 Oct 2022

New research has indicated that UK shoppers could spend £4.4bn less on essentials ahead of Christmas – a 22% drop as the rising cost of living impacts on disposable income.
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VOLT partners with Deliveroo in branded e-bike trial for delivery riders

20 Oct 2022

VOLT today announces the launch of a collaboration with Deliveroo, the food delivery company, to trial subsidised e-bikes for a group of riders across the UK.
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Legislate to close ‘hardship loophole’ to keep all road users safe, Cycling UK demands

20 Oct 2022

Cycling charity Cycling UK has renewed its call on the Government to close the loophole in the law which allows people to escape driving bans.
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Two for one Rouleur Live tickets

19 Oct 2022

Rouleur Live is Rouleur magazine brought to life, bringing together the best guests and the finest brands to offer consumers a truly unique celebration of cycling culture in London this... Read more…

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Leading UK retailers urge police to “make retail crime a priority”

Posted on in Cycles News

Retailers have been urging the police to take retail crime more seriously and make it a priority.

Over 100 leading UK retailers have written a joint letter to Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales requesting that violence and abuse against retail workers be made a priority, despite themselves making a “huge investment” in crime prevention.

In the letter, reported in Retail Sector and other outlets, the retailers said they had increasing concerns about rising levels of violence and anti-social behaviour and the emotional impact it has on victims. They added that shoplifting also “pushes up the cost of operating and results in higher prices for everyone”.

UK retailers spent £715m on crime prevention in 2020/21, according to the latest Crime Survey from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The large sums have been spent on hired in-store security teams, training of retail teams on de-escalation and investment in CCTV and body worn cameras for staff, but retailers say police support “is vital” to protect retail workers.

During the pandemic, retail workers were subjected to a huge rise in violence and abuse, with incidents almost tripling from 455 per day in 2019/20 to 1,300 in 2020/21, according to a BRC survey.

Earlier this year, after an extensive campaign by the BRC and others, the UK Government introduced an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act which created tougher sentencing for assaults committed against those “providing a public service or performing a public duty”.

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