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4 Mar 2024

The British Book Awards has announced its shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year. 

4 Mar 2024

The ACT is happy to confirm the date for Local Bike Shop Day 2024 as Saturday 4 May, the weekend of the early May Bank Holiday.

4 Mar 2024

Research by global fintech company SumUp has revealed the best cities in the UK for independent businesses.

21 Feb 2024

The latest quarterly State of the Industry survey from the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) shows that the recovery of the sector was slow and steady through 2023 and into January...

21 Feb 2024

The UK has voted for its favourite pun-based shop name, and 'Sew It Seams' - a clothing alteration store in Belfast - has been awarded the top spot. 

21 Feb 2024

Businesses in the Devon town of Ottery St Mary have praised their local council for initiatives designed to help support them and boost trade.

19 Feb 2024

A new ranking of the most popular independent coffee shops in the world has put three UK cafes in the top 10.

19 Feb 2024

Older people could be the financial shot in the arm needed for Britain’s high street, according to research commissioned by the University of Stirling. 

8 Feb 2024

The ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has celebrated the crucial role that rural shops play in thousands of communities across the UK in its 2024 Rural Shop Report.

8 Feb 2024

New research reveals that Apple Pay and contactless payments have overtaken cash payments by a landslide as our favourite ways to pay in-store.

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Canal boat record store Rubber Ducky Records is back afloat.

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Canal boat record store Rubber Ducky Records is back on the water after it sank last April, ruining over 1,000 vinyl records and a stow of music equipment stored on board.

Rubber Ducky

The boat announced its reopening on December 23, and is now available again for bookings with thousands of new records in store to listen to and buy.

"I can finally say the sentence RUBBER DUCKY RECORDS IS OPEN AGAIN! What a crazy journey,” the store’s owner, Myles Greenwood, said on Instagram.

"I am so unbelievable thankful for all the support and generosity since the sinking whether it was a message, a GoFundMe donation or a hug thank you so so much humanity really is incredible," he added.

Rubber Ducky Records was docked in the town of Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire and was heading towards Manchester before the boat’s propellor was caught on a “rug or mattress”. The stern gland was then broken, sinking the boat.

Greenwood confirmed the news via photos of the boat submerged in water. Only “three or four” boxes of vinyl were saved, and music equipment including turntables and amplifiers also proved unsalvageable.

A GoFundMe was launched following the boat’s capsize aiming to raise £15,000 to get back on the water. “The plan was to relocate to the great musical city of Manchester where I would set up shop again bringing the positive spirit of Rubber Ducky Records with it,” Greenwood’s GoFundMe read.

The boat took over a year and a half of renovation work to get up and running and was first opened in October 2022 housing over 1,000 records.

Rubber Ducky Records now stores more than 3,000 records as it reopens, spanning everything from electro to acid, minimal to drum ‘n’ bass. Find out more about the boat’s reopening here.

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