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£14 for a latte could become a reality, warn coffee shop owners

12 Sep 2022

The owners of a coffee shop in Kent have wanted that they may need to increase the price of coffees to £14 each to meet their rising energy costs.
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More than a third of business leaders would vote against UK ‘switch off’ law for employees

12 Sep 2022

Over a third of business leaders have said they would vote against the introduction of a law in the UK that would protect an employee’s right ‘to switch off’, similar to the... Read more…

Monday 19 September confirmed Bank Holiday

12 Sep 2022

It has been announced that Monday 19 September will be a national Bank Holiday to mark the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral.
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#BikeIsBest launches powerful billboard ad campaign

8 Sep 2022

We’re giving our support again to the #BikeIsBest campaign and particularly its latest billboard campaign which disputes the arguments that electric vehicles are a "catch-all" solution and... Read more…

Government Energy Support Package for Businesses

8 Sep 2022

The new Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced the much-anticipated support plan to help households and businesses cope with rising energy costs.
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27% drop in number of cycling trips per person in 2021 compared to 2020, new data reveals.

6 Sep 2022

27% drop in number of cycling trips per person in 2021 compared to 2020, new data reveals.
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It’s Cycle September

5 Sep 2022

There’s still time for bike shops to urge their customers to get involved with Cycle September, the world’s biggest group ride.
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Time for indie retailers to lobby MPs for energy help

2 Sep 2022

ActSmart, ACT, Booksellers Association, Craft Bakers Association, British Sandwich & Food to Go Association and the Café Life Association from the Independent Retailers’... Read more…

More people leaving shops without paying amid cost-of-living crisis

1 Sep 2022

Home Office data has shown more customers leaving shops, restaurants and petrol stations without paying as the cost-of-living crisis bites. The data shows there were 51,486 offences of... Read more…

Charity ramps up financial advice for independent retailers

31 Aug 2022

Industry charity GroceryAid has teamed up with Business Debtline to provide support and guidance to the growing number of independent retailers facing debt and unpaid invoices.
The move... Read more…

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Welsh Government Publishes Retail Strategy

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

The Welsh Government has published a new strategy for retail which is designed to improve the sector. The strategy outlines how the government will work with trade unions and businesses to regenerate retail and build a sustainable Wales.

These include:

  • improving career opportunities within retail, with a commitment to progressively improving pay, terms and conditions beyond statutory minimums, ideally through collective bargaining
  • greater job security, particularly in ensuring workers being offered guaranteed hours and sufficient notice of changes in shift patterns.
  • retail becoming an exemplar of workforce equality, diversity and inclusion – with proactive steps taken to address under-representation, occupational segregation and pay gaps
  • ensuring fair working conditions and a safe working environment, with retail workers having an effective voice in decisions that affect them and their working conditions
  • ensuring Wales’ town centres and high streets are thriving, through interventions such as investment, including ‘Transforming Towns’ regeneration investment, support for non-domestic rates and, through the Welsh Government’s Town Centre First approach, making these settings the preferred location for workplaces and services
  • addressing skills shortages. Building on the Welsh Government’s Plan for Employability and Skills and in partnership with the sector and trades unions, Ministers are committed to helping to provide the sector with a future-proofed workforce. The plan sets out actions to both upskill existing workers and attract new entrants to the sector
  • helping retailers to seize the opportunities of decarbonisation and digitalisation by, for example, reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, minimising the carbon footprint of their supply chains and investing in and maximising the potential use of digital technology.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that they will publish an action plan in the coming months to follow this strategy.

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