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#BikeIsBest launches public petition to support cycling infrastructure

23 Jul 2020

#BikeIsBest is calling on the UK public to sign and share thepetition, make your voice heard and help to show local authorities there's significant unmet demand for safe cycling... Read more…

HM Treasury fundamental review of business rates: call for evidence

21 Jul 2020

This call for evidence seeks views on how the business rates system currently works, issues to be addressed, ideas for change and a number of alternative taxes.
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Inquiry launched examining how high streets can survive the economic and social effects of Covid-19

21 Jul 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has announced a new inquiry to examine how high streets can survive the economic and social consequences of Covid-19.
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Thinking of You Week coming this September

21 Jul 2020

Thinking of You Week is a special week that harnesses the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness.
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Small Stuff named as one of Best Small Shops Innovators

21 Jul 2020

Hellen from Small Stuff,an eco-conscious children's lifestyle shop in Sheffield, talks about how the forced closure of her bricks and mortar shop led to her thinking of new and innovative... Read more…

Inform your customers of the new law with the Indie Retail Face Covering Poster

16 Jul 2020

Following government announcement that wearing a face covering willbecome mandatory in shops in England from 24 July Indie Retail has created a Face Covering Poster for shops to display... Read more…

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

16 Jul 2020

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

#BikeIsBest to enter next stage of campaign

16 Jul 2020

The next phase will involve helping local authorities to feel confident in implementing new cycling measures and making it clear on the national narrative that there is a large unmet demand... Read more…

The latest Government announcements on the UK's EU exit

15 Jul 2020

The Government have recently made a number of announcements on their plans for the UK's EU exit on December 31st 2020 when the transition period ends.
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Best Small Shops' "Meet the Innovators" series kicks off with Jacobs the Jewellers following their successful reopening

15 Jul 2020

Our ‘Meet the Innovators' series will highlight some of the small shops that did something special during this difficult time, starting with Jacobs the Jewellers, who are based in Reading.... Read more…

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ACS Covid-19 Impact Survey Reveals How Stores Have Adapted Since Lockdown

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

New findings from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) have revealed the challenges faced by retailers and colleagues since the lockdown, and the changes that they have made in store to keep their communities going.

ACS are a member of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), a well-established organisation representing c.100,000 independent retailers throughout the UK.

The ACS Covid-19 Impact Survey shows that while two thirds of essential stores have seen sales increase in the last two months, a third have seen a fall in sales with 26% reporting that sales have fallen significantly.

Forecourts, city centre stores and those near transport hubs are the most likely to have been negatively affected, with neighbourhood and rural stores likely to have seen an increase in sales.

The survey highlights the work that retailers have done to adapt their businesses since the start of the lockdown. Home delivery has been a huge growth area for the sector, with 62% of stores now providing some form of delivery service.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • 37% of retailers report that supply into their stores has been impacted to a very large extent
  • More than half of stores (56%) offer ‘card not present' transactions, enabling volunteers to shop for vulnerable people locally
  • Just 4% of retailers have received a loan through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • Violence and verbal abuse has increased in 40% of stores

The ACS Covid-19 Impact Survey was carried out between 13th April and 1st May and includes a sample representing 4,896 stores. For more information on the full survey, please visit acs.org.uk.

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