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Study reveals Apple Pay and contactless payments have overtaken cash payments as favourite ways to pay in-store.

8 Feb 2024

New research reveals that Apple Pay and contactless payments have overtaken cash payments by a landslide as our favourite ways to pay in-store.
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Fed expresses alarm at ‘runaway’ shoplifting incidents.

5 Feb 2024

The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) has expressed alarm at new figures that show shoplifting at its highest level in 20 years.
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Hunstanton deli launches new West Norfolk food and drink festival.

5 Feb 2024

A brand-new festival is being launched next month is “all about community and breathing life into the High Street”, according to Mark Kacary, managing director of The Norfolk Deli in... Read more…

Retailers react to disposable vape ban.

5 Feb 2024

The retail sector has been responding to government plans to ban disposable vapes as part of plans to tackle the rise in youth vaping.
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UK’s indie food retailers to be recognised in the Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards 2024.

23 Jan 2024

Bakers, butchers, cheesemongers, delicatessens, fishmongers, greengrocers, village stores and small farm shops from around the UK have been shortlisted in the Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards... Read more…

How Independent Retailers Can Stand Out in A Crowded Market

23 Jan 2024

An interesting article has appeared in Forbes reflecting many of the issues that Indie Retail & ActSmart members will be experiencing – the challenges and... Read more…

Eight in Ten Small Businesses Taking Positive Steps to Strengthen Their Enterprises in 2024

22 Jan 2024

Eight in ten small business owners (81%) are planning to develop their companies in 2024, according to new research from Novuna Business Finance. The research shows that over a third (33%) are... Read more…

The Times names 12 of the UK’s best independent bookshops — as chosen by its readers.

22 Jan 2024

The Times has named 12 of the UK’s best independent bookshops — as chosen by its readers. Readers highlighted places that combined books with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.... Read more…

Bira Launches Second Annual Campaign for Valentine's Day - #LoveYourHighStreet

22 Jan 2024

The British Independent Retailers Association is championing the high street again this Valentine's Day for the second consecutive year with its #LoveYourHighStreet campaign.
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Family-run shop in Lanarkshire village scoops community retailer award for second year running.

10 Jan 2024

Nads Store, a family-run shop in Law, Lanarkshire, has been named Community Retailer of the Year at the Scottish Asian and Business Awards ceremony for the second year running.
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Coffee road trip across Scotland unveiled with eight 'must visit' indie cafes

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

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 through some of the very best independent coffee shops around the country.

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From the Highlands to the Islands, eight "must-visit" destinations for coffee lovers have been picked out by the experts. The road trip will take adventures all the way from Selkirk in the Scottish Borders up to the picturesque Isle of Skye.

The route was chosen by the editors behind the Independent Coffee Guide Scotland for 2023. Releasing this month, the sixth edition includes more than 120 coffee shops and roasteries for locals and tourists to check out in the new year.

To celebrate the release of the guide, editor of the Independent Coffee Guide Scotland Kathryn Lewis has revealed eight stops on the road trip that highlight Scotland's "buzzing" independent coffee scene.

She said: “Although the cost-of-living crisis is affecting almost everyone, those who can afford to are keen to support local indie businesses as they know how vital their custom is.

“Anthony Bourdain once said something along the lines of ‘Eat at a local restaurant tonight. Get the cream sauce. Have a cold pint at 4 o’clock in the empty bar. Tip your server. Enjoy the ride.’ and I think it’s a mantra we can all adopt. Drop into that quiet coffee shop. Pick up a bag of beans from the retail shelf. Tip your barista. Treat yourself to a Tuesday morning flat white for the hell of it.

“The small independent businesses, such as coffee shops and roasteries, are the ones we should be propping up in hard times – the corporate chains can look after themselves.”

The eight independent coffee shops around Scotland worth visiting according to the Independent Coffee Guide Scotland are Three Hills Coffee Co., Selkirk; Cairngorm Coffee, Edinburgh; The Coffee Apothecary, Udny; The Roasting Project, Fife; Slaughterhouse Coffee, Cromarty; Birch, Isle of Skye; Hinba, Oban, and Outlier in Glasgow.

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