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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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Indie Bookshops gear up for Bookshop Day

Posted on in Business News

Bookshop Day – the annual celebration of bookshops big and small taking place across the UK and Ireland – is coming up on Saturday 8 October and in many parts of the country plans are in place at independent bookshops on how to maximise return from the event. 

Bookshop Day

The year’s Limited-Edition Bag designed by Jackie Morris will be available exclusively from bookshops starting from Bookshop Day. Jackie joins the likes of artists and illustrators such as Dapo Adeola, Charlie Mackesy, Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin and Orla Kiely, who have designed previous editions of the bag.

A special video featuring Kamila Shamsie, Lenny Henry, Rev Richard Coles, Maggie O’Farrell and Juno Dawson, among others, will be shared across social media. Around the country, bookshops will be collaborating with their local literary festivals, including Cheltenham Literature Festival, Manchester Literature Festival, Henley Literary Festival. The video will be released from the Books Are My Bag social media channels (@booksaremybag) ahead of Bookshop Day, on Wednesday 5 October at 12pm.

Bookshop Day reminds customers that there has never been a better time to shop at their local bookshop. With Bookshop Day falling exactly eleven weeks before Christmas Eve, booklovers are encouraged to start thinking about their Christmas shopping early, and to make it sustainable by spreading it across the months of October, November and December.

Bookshop.org, the online bookstore on a mission to support independent bookshops and literary culture, will once again be offering free shipping on all purchases made through their website on Bookshop Day. Bookshop.org encourages customers to shop at their local bookshop as much as possible and offers a brilliant ethical alternative to anyone who wants to purchase their books online while supporting independent bookshops across the UK.

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