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14 Apr 2021

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

14 Apr 2021

High streets across England and Wales have witnessed an immediate comeback in footfall as non-essential retailers reopened on Monday for the first time in over three months.

13 Apr 2021

The DfT has announced £18 million for Bikeability cycling proficiency training scheme, which fits in well with Local Bike Shop Day's aims of encouraging children to cycle back to school

9 Apr 2021

The APPGCW's e-scooter trials meeting will take place on 23rd April, and the special event with Jeremy Vine, Isabel Hardman and Peter Walker about their recent book releases will be on 29th...

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.

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ACS publish Rural Shop Report 2021

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

IRC member ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has published the Rural Shop Report 2021, which provides key insights into the social and economic contributions of the rural shop sector, including profiles of the entrepreneurs that run rural shops, the investments they make and services they provide for the community.


RuACS Rural shop reportral shops bring valued access to a wide range of products, services and employment opportunities and have invested £197 million over the past year. The report has found there are 17,175 rural convenience stores in mainland UK, employing over 126,000 people. 79% of rural convenience stores are owned and operated by independent retailers and most (54%) trade in isolated locations where no other business trades.

This means rural shops are often the only physical grocery and service centre for a village or group of villages, and thousands have invested in home delivery services during the pandemic to reach self-isolating and vulnerable customers. One-in-five rural consumers depend on their local shop more now than a year ago and rural consumers rank local shops as the most essential service for their local area.



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