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Grants of up to £100,000 made available to boost Cornish High Streets

7 Nov 2023

Communities across Cornwall can now apply for grants of up to £100,000 to improve High Streets, the council has said.
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Warwickshire County Council launches campaign to promote Christmas shopping at independent businesses

6 Nov 2023

A Christmas campaign encouraging Warwickshire’s independent town businesses to shout about why shoppers should buy from them this year is making a comeback.
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The Times names prettiest towns for indie Christmas shopping

6 Nov 2023

With just over six weeks until Christmas, The Times has named what it says are the seven prettiest towns in the UK for Christmas shopping, making special mention of the presence of independent... Read more…

Cardmitment campaign launched to remind people of the power of sending greetings cards

23 Oct 2023

Cardmitment campaign launched to remind people of the power of sending greetings cards
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New guides welcome on how to make shops more accessible for the elderly

23 Oct 2023

The International Longevity Centre has released new guides to show the steps retailers need to take to make their shops more accessible for the elderly.
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Bristol sandwich shop named best in the UK

23 Oct 2023

Family-run Bristol sandwich shop Sandwich Sandwich has been named best in the UK at the UberEats awards.
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Convenience stores to trial UK’s first digital proof of age card

23 Oct 2023

Convenience stores are set to be part of a testing programme for the UK’s first digital proof of age card.
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Police deploying facial recognition technology to target shoplifters and other retail criminals

23 Oct 2023

“Game-changing” facial recognition technology is targeting prolific retail criminals, including shoplifters.
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Prime Minister's Funding Injection for Left-Behind Towns Welcomed by Bira

10 Oct 2023

British Independent Retail Association (Bira) acknowledges the Government's investment in towns across the UK.
 
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Indie retailers say policing minister’s citizen’s arrest solution to retail crime is ‘high risk’

9 Oct 2023

Policing minister Chris Philp has encouraged shop workers to make ‘citizen’s arrests’ on shoplifters, a message branded as ‘dangerous and irresponsible’  by... Read more…

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Energy Bill Relief Scheme for businesses to continue to end of March 2023, Chancellor confirms

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has confirmed in a statement that the Energy Bill Relief Scheme for businesses will continue to the end of March 2023 as planned.

Jeremy HuntHowever, the Chancellor has ordered a Treasury-led review into how to provide energy support to individuals and businesses from April 2023. The Chancellor stated that support should be targeted to businesses that need help most. Businesses are being urged to complete the government’s survey here.

Mr Hunt’s statement included several other announcements regarding last month’s mini-budget.

The Chancellor also announced that:

  • The basic rate of income tax, which was due to be cut to 19%, will now remain at 20%
  • The scrapping of the rise to corporation tax has been abandoned. Corporation tax will rise to 25% in April 2023
  • Reforms to IR35, off-payroll employee pay, and dividend tax reforms have been dropped
  • The introduction of VAT-free shopping for tourists visiting the UK has been scrapped
  • The freezing of alcohol duty rates has been scrapped
  • The 1.25% rise to National Insurance Contributions, to fund the Health and Social Care Levy, will be dropped as planned
  • The Annual Investment Allowance, Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Company Share Options Plan will go ahead as planned

The Chancellor will publish the government’s fiscal rules with an OBR forecast, and further economic measures on 31st October 2022.

In his statement, the Chancellor said:

"Any support for businesses will be targeted to those most affected and the new approach will better incentivise energy efficiency."

"The most important objective for our country right now is stability. Governments cannot eliminate volatility in markets, but they can play their part, and we will do so because instability affects the prices of things in shops, the cost of mortgages, and the values of pensions."

"There will be more difficult decisions, I'm afraid, on both tax and spending as we deliver our commitment to get debt falling as a share of the economy over the medium term."

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