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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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Join us in urging MPs to extend business rates holiday

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

ThHouses of Parliament, budget 2020e Prime Minister has announced that there will be no further review of lockdown measures until at least March 8, 2020.

This means we are on the verge of marking the one-year anniversary since the first lockdown in England, which closed all non-essential retail. In that time, so-called non-essential traders have only been allowed to open for four months out of the past 12.

With that in mind, IRC member Bira is demanding the Government extend its business rates holiday past April 2021. Now more than ever, the Chancellor needs to make a commitment to help independent retailers survive the pandemic by delaying the return of business rates.

While we are doing all we can to raise this matter with Ministers, we are also urging you to get involved and write to your MP, stating your case.

To make this easy for you, we've created this template letter for you to cut and paste, and amend with your personal details before posting, or emailing it to your MP.

Your template letter here

Not sure who your MP is? Find out who represents your constituency here.

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