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11 Dec 2019

The Strava "Year in Sport" report was published on Wednesday and released various statitstics about cyclists across the UK

10 Dec 2019 | 1 comment

Sustrans have recently announced a new software which will help to make cycling convenient and accessible to more people.

10 Dec 2019

Cycling UK are putting forward another push to encourage the UK to walk and cycle more for the sake of the oceans.

5 Dec 2019

The ActSmart office will be open as usual (9am-5:15pm) for the majority of the Christmas period

27 Nov 2019

This year's winner of the annual Cyclist Café of the Year awards, orgnaised by Cycling UK, has been annouced today!

25 Nov 2019

Help get more people on bikes... and into your shop!

25 Nov 2019

Ahead of the December 2019 General Election, the ACT have provided a brief summary of each major political party's policies that could affect cycling.

21 Nov 2019

With Small Business Saturday just over two weeks away, it's not too late to put some plans in motion to get the most out of it!

20 Nov 2019

Indie Retail UK has launched a new campaign that celebrates all the hard work and creativity that independent retailers put into creating their shop window displays.

18 Nov 2019

The Conservative Party proposes to provide a business rates discount for retailers

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Conservative Party Business Rates Announcement

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

A recent story posted by a member of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), ACS, outlines the Conservative Party's new package of measures that, if elected on 12th December, they will implement to support towns across the UK. The party proposes to provide a business rates discount for retailers. The proposals would mean that for businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000, the retail discount would increase from 33% to 50% in 2020/21.

ACS' Local Shop Report 2019 found that the convenience sector contributes £308 million in business rates, meaning that an increase in the discount for stores with a rateable value of less than £51,000 could save the sector over £30 million in 2020.

The Conservative Party has estimated that the discount would effectively cut tax by £280 million for the small business sector. The Conservative Party has also proposed to support community groups to buy local Post Offices and pubs through £150 million funding.

The full Conservative Party's announcement can be found here.

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