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Indies drinks retailers short-changed in government duty consultation

16 Aug 2023

Independent quality drinks retailers were woefully underrepresented among those consulted by government over the duty changes now hitting businesses, it has been claimed, after industry magazine... Read more…

Online bookshop hits £3 million for independent sellers

16 Aug 2023

Online bookshop Bookshop.org has reached its target of raising £3 million in profit for independent booksellers in its fight for them to “thrive in the world of ecommerce”.
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Indie craft baker takes home five Great Taste Awards after only 16 months in business

15 Aug 2023

A start-up craft baker from south-east London who sells his produce at local food markets has taken home five Great Taste Awards after only 16 months in business.
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A fifth of Brits prefer using mobile phones to make payments in shops.

8 Aug 2023

One in five UK consumers (20%) prefer using mobile payment services such as Apple Pay over cash (17%) or chip & PIN card payments (10%) for in-store purchases, a new survey has reported.
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New Consumer Duty comes into force

1 Aug 2023

In what the Financial Conduct Authority has described as “a step change in standards of consumer protection” new Consumer Duty regulations have come into force for all products and... Read more…

US audiobook platform Libro.fm launches to indie bookshops in UK

1 Aug 2023

Independent bookshops in the UK can now sell audio books through Libro.fm. Launching in the last couple of weeks in the UK, the digital audio book platform, which already partners with... Read more…

From Cash to Contactless – IRC Leads Study on Payment Trends in Retail

31 Jul 2023

The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) will be working with key financial institutions within the UK to gauge the shift in retail payments.
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Retailers call for CCTV grants as shoplifting rises 24% year on year

31 Jul 2023

Independent retailers are calling on the government to offer security grants so that stores can be better equipped to deal with shoplifting, which has risen by a quarter in England and Wales in... Read more…

Indie retail finalists named in the 2023 Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards

31 Jul 2023

The shortlist has been announced for the 2023 Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards, which celebrate innovative products and inspiring independent retailers in the world of artisan food and... Read more…

ActSmart partner Tyl by NatWest leads the charge with new Tap to Pay

19 Jul 2023

Apple has announced that Tap to Pay on iPhone has now rolled out to the UK, enabling small businesses to accept Apple Pay and contactless card payments using nothing more than their... Read more…

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Government launches energy bill cut plan for small businesses

Posted on in Business News

The government has launched a new campaign aimed at helping businesses, charities and public sector organisations reduce their energy bills.

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The campaign is targeted at SMEs and will offer guidance on how to make savings through simple changes that cost little or nothing. Suggestions include installing light and heating timers, turning down boiler flow temperature and changing light bulbs.

A new website will provide organisations with simple advice, suggesting a range of actions such as improving visibility of current energy use and upgrading or modifying equipment to help reduce energy consumption.

The initiative follows the launch of last year’s “It All Adds Up” campaign which provided similar advice for households.

The new campaign will also be promoted through partnerships with the British Chambers of Commerce and Federation of Small Business as well as paid advertorial on social media, TV, and radio.

Lord Callanan, the Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, stated that the UK’s commitment to boosting energy efficiency in industry and households remains firm despite falling wholesale energy prices, and encouraged businesses and public sector bodies to access practical advice on how to reduce their energy consumption and increase profits while helping to achieve the country’s critical pledges of reducing demand by 15% and reaching net zero by 2050.

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