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21 Dec 2020

All retailers, who have a taxable turnover of £10,000 or more per year from their business or income from property will now be required to submit their tax returns digitally.

18 Dec 2020

A coalition of small business leaders, tax experts and company directorshave mapped out the measures needed to address a government shortcomingwhich has left thousands with no income support...

17 Dec 2020

Since improvements were made to the ACT's offering back in October membership numbers have increased by 17.5% to the end of November as thenew structure is well received throughout the...

17 Dec 2020 | 1 comment

The ACT would like your opinion, as a bike business, on the level of government support you would like to see for the e-bike market over the next few years

17 Dec 2020

Butterworth Spengler have provided an update on the situation regarding the implications of driving outside the UK if a ‘Brexit' deal is not struck, and how this will affect motor...

17 Dec 2020

Popular Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) providers have once again made the headlines across multiple news sites for the growing amount of distrust being triggered among consumers.

16 Dec 2020

Maybe* have used their insight tool to round up some of the best social media posts of #smallbizsatuk from businesses, customers, councils, BIDs, shopping centres, and lots more in between.

15 Dec 2020

Ricardo Energy & Environment and UK Power Networks are running a survey to understand how best to support SMEs that may be looking to invest in their first electric vehicle, or to switch their...

9 Dec 2020

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced today (9 December 2020) that business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021.

8 Dec 2020

The webinar takes place this Friday will explore how cycling and walking will be key elements in securing the aims of the Environment Bill.

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BA Issues Open Letter Calling on Government to Reclassify Bookshops as Essential Retailers

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ThBAe Booksellers Association (BA), member of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) has today written to key government Ministers and selected Lords letter calling on the Government to classify bookshops as essential retailers therefore allowing them to reopen under current lockdown restrictions in England, and laying the groundwork for the essential designation to be implemented for future lockdowns.

The open letter, written by the Bookseller's Association MD, Meryl Halls, to Minsters at BEIS, HMCLG and DCMS outlines the many ways in which bookshops provide an essential contribution to society, from the proven links between reading and improved mental wellbeing, to providing educational resources to children and adults, to contributing to local economies.

The BA argues that the Christmas trading period is the most important time of year and can make or break the sustainability of a local bookshop. The BA draws on the example of garden centres being belatedly classified as essential due to them being deemed beneficial to the nation's health, while avoiding catastrophic losses should the sector have missed out on Spring trading.

The letter also highlights the inconsistencies within the current definitions of essential retail, underlining the commercial disadvantage faced by bookshops, with essential retailers that sell books being allowed to remain open, while booksellers themselves are forced to shut up shop.

Meryl Halls, MD at the Booksellers Association, said: "On behalf of our members, we urge the Government to categorise bookshops as essential retailers. Bookshops play a unique part in the culture of our country and books have a crucial role to play in the health and well-being of our population. Bookshops have been designated as essential in other countries, and the ‘essential' categorisation will acknowledge the crucial role that bookshops play in our culture, economy and wider society."

Echoing the words of Philip Pullman, Halls added: "Bookshops are lanterns of civilisation and, for many, beacons of hope. We urge the Government to consider classifying them as essential retailers."

The BA's open letter to Minsiters calling on bookshops to be classified as essential can be read in full here.

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