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8 Apr 2021

The latest UK economic data has been significantly better than expected; check out key insights from the new research.

7 Apr 2021

Despite warnings from leading industry bodies the MHCLG have now confirmed that the simplified planning process for retail to residential conversions will be going ahead

7 Apr 2021

Maybe* take a look at how two independent businesses have used social media tactics to drive their businesses forwards.

1 Apr 2021

The National Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91, the equivalent of more than £345 a year for a full-time employee. Increased cash incentives for employers to hire new apprentices also...

31 Mar 2021

ActSmart have created a guidance document for shops that are now reopening after previously closing 

30 Mar 2021

Following a survey completed by IBDs and key members of the cycling industry, there has been a majority agreement that Local Bike Shop Day should one again be delayed to late summer.

30 Mar 2021

The DfT has just informed the ACT that the fourth batch of 150,000 bike repair vouchers, worth £50 each, have now been released to the public.

26 Mar 2021

The government has said it will legislate to "rule out" business rates appeals related to the Covid-19 pandemic, as it unveiled a new £1.5 billion relief package.

26 Mar 2021

Cytech is on the search for UK-based bicycle mechanics, who are Australian nationals for an exciting career opportunity in Australia.

25 Mar 2021

The radio talk show invited on the Director of the Association of Cycle Traders, Jonathan Harrison, to discuss the implications that the scheme is having on both bike shops and customers

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Single Use Carrier Bags Charges to potentially be increased from April

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

The Plastic bagGovernment has laid the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 legislation. If approved, it will come into force on 30th April 2021 in England only.

The legislation will increase the minimum amount that retailers must charge for a single use carrier bag (SUCB) from 5p to 10p. It will also extend the obligation to charge to SUCB to all retailers and will remove the exemption from airport retailers from charging for SUCB.

In the legislation, a SUCB is defined as ‘an unused bag made of lightweight plastic material with handles, other than an excluded bag'.

The amendment to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 continues to provide smaller retailers with an exemption from reporting bags issued. Retailers with over 250 employees are required by law to record and report how many bags they sell.

The increased and extended charged aims to reduce the usage SUCB's and the litter associated with them whilst allowing for their continued use where necessary.

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