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7 May 2021

Based at Activate Learning's Bracknell & Wokingham College campus this brand new workshop is the latest addition to their expanding number of Cytech training workshops across the country.

7 May 2021

Pennine Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

6 May 2021

Maybe* take examples from successful businesses that used social media to flourish despite the pandemic

5 May 2021

The Government has agreed an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which will enable shops to offer cashback to customers without making a purchase.

29 Apr 2021

Armed with research data from Maybe*, a panel of retail industry expertshave collaborated to create this whitepaper with one goal - to help businesses thrive in this new era of uncertainty.

28 Apr 2021

The Bank of England has released free training materials for retailers with the aim of refreshing awareness of how to check banknotes.

28 Apr 2021

ACT members can receive excellent benefits with NearSt, a powerful platform that encouragers more shoppers through the doors of specialist cycle shops

27 Apr 2021

Defra has just confirmed that the amendments to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 will not be coming into force on 30th April 2021 as originally...

26 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Welsh Parliamentary elections on 6th May.

23 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 6th May.

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New 18 million Bikeability funding coincides with Local Bike Shop Day aims

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

TChildren cyclinghe DfT has announced £18 million for Bikeability cycling proficiency training scheme, which fits in well with Local Bike Shop Day's aims of encouraging children to cycle to school.

On 9th April Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced £18 million for cycle training across the country to ensure children and their families have the confidence to choose active travel.

The funding, which is managed via the Bikeability Trust charity, will go toward delivering high-quality, practical on-road cycle training as a modern day equivalent of the ‘cycling proficiency' scheme many parents will themselves have undertaken during their school days.

This additional funding will kick-start Bikeability's plans to provide training to all children by 2025, giving the next generation of cyclists a life skill and the confidence they need to choose a more active way to travel.

More information about the DfT's funding plans can be found here.

The ACT are in full support of this latest announcement, and believe that it coincides perfectly with the aims of this year's Local Bike Shop Day.

Local Bike Shop Day is the one day a year when independent bike shops across the UK can come together to celebrate their distinctive culture. It's the day for local bike shops to showcase their passion, knowledge and personalised service they offer to their local communities.

This year's Local Bike Shop Day will be taking place on Saturday 28th August, falling at an ideal time to encourage children to cycle to school and to inspire the nation to continue cycling throughout autumn. Previous years have been hugely successful, with hundreds of bike shops getting involved and hundreds of thousands of consumers reached.

In order to encourage the nation to continue cycling it is important for the industry to work together to promote it where possible, Local Bike Shop Day and the Bikeability funding are another great step in this direction. If you are a bike dealer that has not yet signed up for Local Bike Shop Day 2021, please do so here.

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