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4 Nov 2021

The Government has launched a new Export Support Service to help UK businesses get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe.

4 Nov 2021

The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme was announced today by Patrick Harvie (MSP, Minister for ZeroCarbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights) at the Cycling Scotland Conference.

1 Nov 2021

ACT and ActSmart partner Global Payments (GP) will be contacting all customers to arrange the replacement of your terminal(s) to keep you up with modern requirements for no extra cost.

27 Oct 2021

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27 Oct 2021

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26 Oct 2021

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26 Oct 2021

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25 Oct 2021

In excellent news the government has recently announced an extension to their £3,000 incentive payment to employers taking on a new apprentice, with an employment start date from 1...

21 Oct 2021

A recent article featured in Forbes has advised independent retailers to plan ahead this Christmas, especially with regard to e-commerce, stock quantities and COVID restrictions.

19 Oct 2021

The FCA have recently announced significant increases in their base ratefees that will have an unfavourable effect, particularly on smaller independent retailers.

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Write to your MP ahead of Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

IndependeUK shopsnt retailers are urged to write to their MPs ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, which is expected to include a review of business rates.

Rishi Sunak's statement is expected to be made on October 27, 2021, and will set out the state of the nation's finances for at least the next six months before the spring Budget next March.

Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) member BIRA have created a template letter for you to cut and paste, and amend with your personal details before posting, or emailing it to your MP.

 

IRC iconThe Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) is a well-established organisation that brings together like-minded trade associations with interests in the small and independent retail sector. It currently represents c.100,000 independent retailers throughout the UK and provides a lobbying platform for increasing the profile and voice of independent retailing within Government and Parliament. The ACT and ActSmart are key members of the IRC to represent their members.

The IRC have a duty to attempt to reduce business rates and reduce the burden on retail. Businesses are likely to struggle with the re-introduction of full rates net year and it is important for us to communicate this message to as many MPs and government ministers as possible.

Therefore, we are urging the wider independent retail sector to contact their MPs to express their concerns

Download the template letter here

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

 

 

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