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Greeting Card Association expresses concern on new evidence Royal Mail prioritising parcel deliveries over letters.

6 Mar 2024

The Greeting Card Association has reacted to a BBC Panorama programme lifting the lid on Royal Mail management prioritising parcel delivery over letters, which it says are in contradiction of... Read more…

Kate Bush named as Record Store Day ambassador.

4 Mar 2024

Pop star Kate Bush has been announced as an ambassador for this year's Record Store Day, on 20 April.
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Shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year 2024 revealed.

4 Mar 2024

The British Book Awards has announced its shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year. 
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Local Bike Shop Day 2024 confirmed for Saturday May 4th.

4 Mar 2024

The ACT is happy to confirm the date for Local Bike Shop Day 2024 as Saturday 4 May, the weekend of the early May Bank Holiday.
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New research reveals the best cities in the UK for independent retailers.

4 Mar 2024

Research by global fintech company SumUp has revealed the best cities in the UK for independent businesses.
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Rising costs continue to impact hair and beauty sector

21 Feb 2024

The latest quarterly State of the Industry survey from the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) shows that the recovery of the sector was slow and steady through 2023 and into January... Read more…

UK votes for its favourite pun-based shop name

21 Feb 2024

The UK has voted for its favourite pun-based shop name, and 'Sew It Seams' - a clothing alteration store in Belfast - has been awarded the top spot. 
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Town centre shops praise council for initiatives

21 Feb 2024

Businesses in the Devon town of Ottery St Mary have praised their local council for initiatives designed to help support them and boost trade.
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Three UK indie coffee shops named among the most popular in the world.

19 Feb 2024

A new ranking of the most popular independent coffee shops in the world has put three UK cafes in the top 10.
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Age-friendly businesses could revitalise Britain's high streets.

19 Feb 2024

Older people could be the financial shot in the arm needed for Britain’s high street, according to research commissioned by the University of Stirling. 
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Family-run shop in Lanarkshire village scoops community retailer award for second year running.

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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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The shop is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Nadeem and Fareha, known affectionately to residents as Mr and Mrs Nad. The store was on a shortlist of seven that included opposition from both major cities in the central belt, as well as Paisley, Falkirk and Cupar.

The family moved to Lanarkshire from north-east England over a decade ago and are now play a vital part at the heart of the community in Law. They were surprised to learn they had been nominated for the same award last year. The couple’s son Abdullah, who is now 14 years old, thought at first that his mum was speaking to a scammer when she received the phone call informing them of the nomination. And when they attended the finals ceremony they were shocked to walk away with the prize.

This year they were better prepared but the win as almost as much as a surprise as it did last year.

A delighted Fareha told the Daily Record: “Again it was unexpected. It came up in my news feed that the nominees had been announced and I noticed my brother-in-law’s shop was up. So I took a screenshot and was sending it to my sister.

"Then I looked, and I saw our name was in, and I thought it must be last year’s. I looked again and it was 2023. I was surprised as we hadn’t done as much in the community as the previous year.

"Nad opened a new takeaway in Motherwell this year - Nads Grill ‘n’ Chill - and a lot of our focus went on that.

“Nad says he’s going to up our game and try and go for the hat trick in 2024”.

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