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Consumer confidence shows ‘renewed optimism’ against falling core inflation

29 Aug 2023

Consumer confidence is showing “renewed optimism” against a backdrop of falling core inflation, new figures suggest.
 
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Coventry shop owners launch street market to bring more people into the area

29 Aug 2023

Shop owners in a part of Coventry have rallied together to launch a street market, with hopes of boosting the number of people that visit the area.
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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…

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

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

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.

Chris and Anna Vidler, who own an independent restaurant called The Lane in Deal, Kent, expect their gas and electric bills to increase to more than five times than they are currently paying. And to keep up with rising energy prices, they have calculated that their £2.90 latte would have to rise to £14.30 a cup.

As reported in the Daily Mirror, Chris said: "We are already down, despite a reasonably busy summer. We're noticing empty seats because people are staying home when they don't have as much money to spend."

When shop’s electricity contract runs out at the end of this year, new quotes take the price from £15,000 per year to around £69,000. At the end of February their gas contract will also need to be renewed - with the new quote set to take them from around £400 per month to around £2,400.

Chris added that while the Prime Minister has introduced a cap on energy bills for households, as a business owner he is left confused about what to do.

The Prime Minister last week announced an unprecedented intervention in the energy market to cap household bills at £2,500, promising an “equivalent guarantee” for businesses for the next six months. But little detail was given by the government on how it intended to cap costs for the business sector, where pricing is more complex. It is thought that this further detail could be delayed by a period of national mourning following the death of the Queen.

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