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Large number of bike shops help Cambridge be as named best city for independent retailers

24 Nov 2022

According to a new survey, Cambridge is the best in the country for independent shopping to support small businesses. The study found that many of the city's small businesses turned out to be... Read more…

Indie Retailers in York to get funding boost from City Council

22 Nov 2022

Groups of independent retailers in York are to receive a £25,000 funding boost to help with promotion during the Christmas trading period and to attract more customers in 2023.
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IRC backs ‘Colour Friday’ alternative to Black Friday sales

22 Nov 2022

The IRC has joined bira and other retail trade associations in backing the ‘Colour Friday’ alternative to this week’s Black Friday sales.
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Wandsworth indies comes together to boost local business during Christmas

21 Nov 2022

Shop owners in Earlsfield, Wandsworth are teaming up in the run-up to keep the high street busy in the run-up to Christmas. With the cost-of-living crisis affecting independent shops, the... Read more…

V12 are extending their opening hours to support retailers and customers during this festive period.

21 Nov 2022

During this festive period, V12 want to increase the support available to you and your customers. From this Friday their Customer Services, Underwriting and Validations teams will be operating... Read more…

Dave Wilsher ex-ACT Director wins Family Business of the Year

18 Nov 2022

Dave Wilsher ex-ACT Director wins Family Business of the Year at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce awards.
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Retail Sector Reacts with Cautious Welcome to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

17 Nov 2022

Retail and small business organisations have given a cautious welcome to business-focused aspects of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
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Confront the recession head on, says the ACT.

17 Nov 2022

Cycle retailers around the UK facing up to the imminent challenges of recession will need to stay one step ahead of the curve to survive. Now is the time to benefit from being part of something... Read more…

Grants of £30K available to create up to eight secure cycle storage facilities across Belfast

15 Nov 2022

Belfast City Council is seeking expressions of interest to provide publicly accessible secure cycle storage facilities across the city.
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Mary Portas warns government to act now or see half of high street shops shut

14 Nov 2022

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement this week, retail expert Mary Portas called on the Government to rethink business rates and VAT to help struggling retailers.
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One third want to cycle more to cut fuel spending

Posted on in Cycles News, Outdoor News

People are looking to reduce their fuel spending by taking more journeys by bike, with as many as 30 percent excited to rediscover two-wheeled journeys, according to a study by online cycling retailer Chain Reaction.

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The research surveyed 2,000 adults, finding that nearly four in 10 are planning to cut their fuel spend by cycling more of their journeys.

Nearly half (48%) wanted to cycle more than they currently do, with 30% excited to rediscover the joy of cycling, and 44% after more exercise and 40% seeking more fresh air. Of the reasons why those who had not cycled for at least 12 months had avoided it, 18% said they lacked the confidence, while five per cent did not think they had enough time to repair their old bicycle.

Old bicycles knocking around the garage was a common theme in the responses. About 40% said they had an old bike that could be restored to road-worthy condition, while 23% said they would prefer to restore their old bike rather than buying a new one.

In total, 36% said their bike was not in a roadworthy state, but 89% believed it only needed minor tweaks to make it safe.

Of the 2,000 surveyed, nearly two thirds (63%) said they had sought alternative methods of travel other than their car in the last three months.

The study comes a month after figures published by the Department for Transport as part of its National Travel Survey showed that the average person in England made two per cent of their trips by bicycle between November 2020 and November 2021, while the average number of trips made by bike dropped to 15, down from a high of 20 the previous year.

The figures also showed that the percentage of people who cycle at least once a week for any purpose has fallen from 11.6 per cent to 9.1 per cent, with the average annual mileage covered by bike dropping by 33 miles to 55 miles (a figure more in keeping with pre-pandemic trends, but still much higher than the 39 miles per person.

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