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94% independent retailers urge government to ‘preserve UK high streets’

10 Nov 2022

A new report by Ankorstore and retail consultant Mary Portas has found that 94% of independent retailers want the government to act in next week’s budget to preserve the UK’s high... Read more…

Celebrate independent shops, artists, makers & small businesses with JUST A CARD - INDIE WEEK 21-25 November 2022 The colourful, independent alternative to Black Friday!

10 Nov 2022

Now in its sixth year, JUST A CARD - INDIE WEEK encourages people to support, value and buy from independents during the crucial Christmas retail period. Many independent businesses are finding... Read more…

bira offers guidance on energy bill relief scheme

9 Nov 2022

bira has been offering guidance to retailers on how to take advantage of the Government’s energy bill relief scheme.
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Indie retailers – get ready to capitalise on World Cup opportunity

8 Nov 2022

The world’s largest brewer, Budweiser Brewing Group, has suggested that the World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar on November 20th, could see a possible 13.5% increase in off-trade sales,... Read more…

Black Friday consumer spending forecast to drop 50% this year

7 Nov 2022

Figures from research conducted by global marketing agency Wunderman Thompson Commerce suggested consumers are set to spend up to 50% less than usual this Black Friday, November 25th.
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Cycling Industry News launches annual Market Study

3 Nov 2022

Cycling Industry News’ sixth annual Market Study has today gone live with independent retailers, workshops and mobile mechanics invited to take part by clicking here.
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More cycle routes would be good for drivers, says AA President

1 Nov 2022

AA President Edmund King has told the Daily Telegraph that more cycle routes would be good for drivers, as encouraging motorists to take fewer journeys by car could cut household fuel... Read more…

Government urged to protect £4 billion worth of active travel investment

31 Oct 2022

Sustrans has announced that it has joined together with other organisations representing active travel, motoring, road safety, the environment and business leaders to urge the UK government to... Read more…

Cautious welcome from business leaders for new PM Sunak

26 Oct 2022

As the economic clouds darken, business leaders have tentatively welcomed the arrival of Rishi Sunak as the country’s new prime minister.
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Cytech training Scotland Kick-Off on the 27th October at Bike For Good Glasgow in the West End Hub

25 Oct 2022

Glasgow, Scotland - Bike for Good is proud to bring the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians to Scotland for the first time. The first Cytech... 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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