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How to run winning social media competitions and Instagram giveaways

6 Jul 2022

Running social media competitions and Instagram giveaways are an easy way to build your audience and your engagement. But there are a few tips and tricks you need to master, as well as those... Read more…

Fire Brigade warns about dangers of e-bikes purchased from online marketplaces

6 Jul 2022

As e-bikes from a reputable shop can often seem overly expensive to consumers, it is also important that IBDs present them with opportunities to spread the cost, through services such as retail... Read more…

Maybe* gives shoppers the chance to win £100 for Independent's Day

30 Jun 2022

Independents' Day weekend is taking place from 2-3 July 2022. To celebrate Maybe* have got a tailor-made competition you can share across social media to encourage your customers to shop indie.... Read more…

Are you maximising retail finance within your business?

23 Jun 2022

Retail Finance Training (RFT) is an online learning course delivering an informed insight into Retail finance that can be completed anywhere, in your own time.
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Independents' Day blog: Prepare your business for a successful summer

23 Jun 2022

With this summer and for Independents Day, especially after the last few years, it is crucial that businesses can make the most of the increased footfall of physical shoppers.
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Win £500 in social media ads every month

23 Jun 2022

Every month Maybe* gives one of our clients £500 to spend on social media advertising. To enter all you need to do is watch the Maybe* training videos or attend their webinars.
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Welsh Government Publishes Retail Strategy

20 Jun 2022

The strategy outlines how the government will work with trade unions and businesses to regenerate retail and build a sustainable Wales.
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Retail Finance Retailer Awareness Handbook: A quick guide to your duties to the customer

15 Jun 2022

It is important that retailers read the document and familiarise themselves with industry standards to ensure they are creating a safe, informed space for consumers to shop and obtain credit.
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How to support Independents’ Day 2022

9 Jun 2022

A campaign that independent retailers across sectors and throughout the country can use to promote their own businesses online and in their own communities.
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Join Richardsons Cycles in raising money for the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

9 Jun 2022

Richardsons Cycles are asking for the public’s help to cycle the distance from Scarborough to Kyiv, a whopping 1320 miles! All money raised will be going to the DEC’s Ukraine... Read more…

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Apply for Business Rates Relief

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

Retailers trading in Scotland and/or Wales are reminded to check their eligibility for business rates relief from April.

Scotland

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will get 100% rates relief to 31 March 2022. From 1 April 2022, a 50% relief will be available for the first three months of 2022-23, capped at £27,500 per ratepayer.

To get this relief, a property has to be occupied. Properties that have closed temporarily due to the government's coronavirus advice will be treated as occupied.

Read more about eligibilty and the application process for Scottish retailers here.

Wales

The Welsh Government will be providing an additional £116m package of non-domestic rates relief for businesses in the sectors most directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Retail, leisure and hospitality ratepayers in Wales will receive 50% non-domestic rates relief for the duration of 2022-23.

Read more about eligibilty and the application process for Welsh retailers here.

No update has yet been announced as to whether England will extend Business Rates relief due to coronavirus past the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

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