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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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Oldest record shop in Liverpool reopens with museum to celebrate city's musical heritage.

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One of the North West’s oldest record shops has reopened after 14 months, creating a small museum to pay tribute to its long-standing musical connections with the city.

Liverpool music store

The Musical Box Record Shop in Tuebrook, Liverpool opened just after the end of the Second World War and is still going strong. To celebrate its longevity, and the impact it has had on the musical scene in the city, it has now transformed an upstairs room into a mini museum detailing its fascinating history.

The shop stocks an incredible 50,000 LPs, singles, CDs and cassettes - and was opened by Antiques Roadshow expert Wayne Colquhoun

He said: "All these things around us, they all tell stories of the history of Liverpool the musical city.

"It's a great institution which now, after trading 75 years, is restored for the next 75 years."

Tony Quinn, the shop’s owner, says young and old come into the shop for records.

"We have kids coming in with their families," he said. "They've got into records, they've got a record player, or they'll get one for Christmas, and they'll come and pick their favourite LPs.

"A lot of them they get off their mums and dads or they'll discover their own music, but it is cool to put a record on."

He added: "LPs have that special thing, they're always sealed up now down the side, so you get your thumb down the seam, pull it out, you put it on your record player, and you put the needle down and it's just wonderful."

The shop has been run by the same family since opening, with Diane Cain, Tony Quinn's mother, running the shop in its early days working alongside her mother.

One of her favourite anecdotes from the shop includes the world-famous Liverpool band The Beatles.

"In the cupboard we found 40 copies of the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour which had been hidden from my dear old dad because he used to go around saying 'don't go around ordering anymore of them Beatles, they'll never last'!" she said.

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