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Portugal becomes first EU country to cut VAT on bicycle purchases this year

10 Jan 2023

Portugal has become the first EU country to cut VAT on bicycle purchases this year, from 23% to 6%.
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One in three responds to Big Bike Revival to use bike for one in two journeys previously taken by car

9 Jan 2023

Cycling UK says that its Big Bike Revival programme, which encourages people to get unused bikes out of their garages and sheds and start using them for everyday trips, has led to a third of... Read more…

Busiest year yet for TfL’s cycle hire scheme

9 Jan 2023

Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme saw more bikes hired during 2022 than any other year in the scheme’s history, with 11.5 million rentals across the year.
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Tyl by NatWest card machine hire fees offer extended

9 Jan 2023

Great news, our exciting new card payments partner Tyl by NatWest have extended their offer of no card machine hire fees from the first 3 months the the first 6 months!
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Coffee road trip across Scotland unveiled with eight 'must visit' indie cafes

5 Jan 2023

To celebrate the release of the new Independent Coffee Guide Scotland for 2023, a coffee road trip across Scotland has been unveiled with eight 'must visit' destinations. The road trip passes... Read more…

Check how your High Street has changed since 2020

4 Jan 2023

BBC analysis has shown that beauty salons and tattoo parlours have prospered on high streets while the number of banks and department stores has fallen. Places to eat and drink have also... Read more…

£32.9 million to create a national network of walking and cycling experts

3 Jan 2023

Millions are being encouraged to walk and cycle more this year to get fit and save money, with an additional £32.9 million of government funding to accelerate walking and cycling schemes... Read more…

Almost 50 shops in the UK closed for good every day in 2022 – 65% of them independents

3 Jan 2023

Almost 50 shops in the UK closed for good every day in 2022 - more than at any other time in the last five years – according to a new report from the Centre for Retail Research.
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Leicester becomes latest to offer a free e-bikes scheme funded by Department of Transport

14 Dec 2022

Leicester has become the latest city to offer a free e-bikes scheme to encourage people to leave their cars at home and pedal around the city. The scheme, which is funded by the Department for... Read more…

Upskill your team with Microsoft online courses through Activate Learning

13 Dec 2022

ACT’s Cytech delivery partner Activate Learning, of which Activate Cycle Academy is a part, is offering FREE online Microsoft accredited online courses for employers to enable their staff... Read more…

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Celebrate independent shops, artists, makers & small businesses with JUST A CARD - INDIE WEEK 21-25 November 2022 The colourful, independent alternative to Black Friday!

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Now in its sixth year, JUST A CARD - INDIE WEEK encourages people to support, value and buy from independents during the crucial Christmas retail period. Many independent businesses are finding things incredibly tough this year, so championing them this Christmas is more vital than ever!

An antidote to the fast-purchase culture of Black Friday, JUST A CARD - INDIE WEEK welcomes everyone to celebrate their own businesses as well as those they love, to showcase their communities and to tell their own stories both on and offline. The week will include our ever popular five-day Instagram challenge which has previously featured across the BBC and beyond, and has seen over 135,000 people taking part via social media in the past two years alone.

For more information about JUST A CARD - INDIE WEEK visit justacard.org

Since 2015 the grassroots campaign JUST A CARD has been showing the value to both customers and independent businesses of shopping small.

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Every sale however small, even just a card, is the difference between a vibrant creative community or a boarded up business.

  • 17,000+ shops display our popular campaign window stickers
  • 105,000+ engage with our community via social media
  • The campaign is supported by high profile names including Sir Michael Palin, Natalie Dormer, Lauren Laverne and Nathalie Emmanue

For press enquiries / images /comment please contact:
Roy Mouncey
Howling Moon
07949 897155

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JUST A CARD campaign founder Sarah Hamilton, and team member
Michael Fram are available for interview/comment.

The JUST A CARD - INDIE WEEK official supporter this year is Cricut. Their
products and video content make a vital impact to designer makers and artists
all across the globe.

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