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Asics reported to have halted supplies to UK independent sports shops.

4 Jul 2023

The Guardian has reported independent sports retailers saying their businesses are under threat after Asics said it was cutting off supply to hundreds of small UK outlets, joining Nike and... Read more…

Half of young European consumers find it acceptable to buy fakes.

4 Jul 2023

A new study on the perception of consumers towards intellectual property published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has found that although 80% of Europeans believe... Read more…

Elmy Cycles featured in Daily Express ahead of Independents’ Day weekend.

29 Jun 2023

With this Saturday and Sunday marking Independents’ Day weekend, the culmination of the annual campaign to promote independent retailers around the UK, ACT member Elmy Cycles in Ipswich... Read more…

“AI has the potential to revolutionise the way retailers operate,” says Theo Paphitis

28 Jun 2023

Former Dragon Theo Paphitis has predicted retail will be revolutionised by AI technology.
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The Association of Convenience Stores publish their Crime Report of 2023

23 Jun 2023

The report estimates that there were over 1.1m incidents of theft reported last year. The most commonly stolen items as reported by retailers are meat, alcohol and confectionery –... Read more…

How fine food retail can be part of the solution to ultra-processed food

19 Jun 2023

Scientists and researchers have compelling data, showing ultra-processed food could be responsible for several health conditions – a recent piece in Speciality Food Magazine set out to... Read more…

PayPoint launches digital shopper marketing platform

19 Jun 2023

Retailers will be able to drive customer spend, digital media use, push new product development and increase sales and distribution, claims PayPoint, following the launch of a new digital... Read more…

High streets of the future will need to think beyond retail, says new report

19 Jun 2023

Just 42% of people in the UK rate their local high street as good or very good, according to the latest Legal & General Rebuilding Britain Index.
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Stellar line-up for Independent Bookshop Week

19 Jun 2023

A stellar line-up of authors have been taking part in this week’s Independent Bookshop Week 2023 with the likes of Ann Cleeves, AJ Pearce, Danielle Brown, poet laureate Simon Armitage and... Read more…

Bira calls for level playing field as Amazon UK Services pays zero corporation tax again

8 Jun 2023

Bira, the British Independent Retailers Association, has expressed its concern and frustration after it was revealed that Amazon UK Services had, for the second consecutive year, paid zero... Read more…

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Government launches energy bill cut plan for small businesses

Posted on in Business News

The government has launched a new campaign aimed at helping businesses, charities and public sector organisations reduce their energy bills.

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The campaign is targeted at SMEs and will offer guidance on how to make savings through simple changes that cost little or nothing. Suggestions include installing light and heating timers, turning down boiler flow temperature and changing light bulbs.

A new website will provide organisations with simple advice, suggesting a range of actions such as improving visibility of current energy use and upgrading or modifying equipment to help reduce energy consumption.

The initiative follows the launch of last year’s “It All Adds Up” campaign which provided similar advice for households.

The new campaign will also be promoted through partnerships with the British Chambers of Commerce and Federation of Small Business as well as paid advertorial on social media, TV, and radio.

Lord Callanan, the Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, stated that the UK’s commitment to boosting energy efficiency in industry and households remains firm despite falling wholesale energy prices, and encouraged businesses and public sector bodies to access practical advice on how to reduce their energy consumption and increase profits while helping to achieve the country’s critical pledges of reducing demand by 15% and reaching net zero by 2050.

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