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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...

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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.

7 Dec 2020

The meeting topics evaluated any lessons that we have so far learned from national lockdowns and ways in which we can move forward from this using government support.

2 Dec 2020

The recent ACT restructure means that cycle businesses can benefit from extended business support and new services as well as full annual ACT membership from just £60 per year!

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ACT re-structures for future retail

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Power in numbers

In these most challenging times for retail the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) is restructuring to become even more focussed on the needs of retailers. By closely aligning the ACT with the many trade organisations and sectors that make up the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) we will be working with over 100,000 independent retailers engaging Government, business and consumers.

 

Read the ACT relaunch brochure now

 

The urgency to adapt

Since the lockdown ACT subscribers have reached record levels and the industry has benefitted from a phenomenal spike in demand, especially for workshop services. But, as the pandemic continues to impact the economy, an already fragile high street is witnessing business closures and changes in consumer buying habits that are altering the face of retail forever. As our very existence comes under threat, it is essential that the retail sector works together in partnership, sharing knowledge, buying power and resources to adapt for future retail

 

The role of the ACT

The ACT has been accessed by businesses more than any other cycling organisation; we have an established fundamental role, knowledge and representation. Following lengthy consultation, the remodelled ACT is looking to prioritise retail turnover, engagement with consumers, increased Government engagement on business, alongside our work with cycling advocacy bodies and support services for a business's greatest asset - your people.

The ACT is the largest active leisure member of the IRC and passionately retains its heritage in cycling, continuing to work with the numerous organisations engaged with cycle and mobility advocacy in the UK, especially where activities impact directly upon the business community. At such a critical time for business the ACT's key focus will be on extended support and development in partnership, rather than duplication of established activities.

 

Read the ACT relaunch brochure now

 

Come one come all

A new membership structure will allow all businesses to embrace the ACT as their trade body; more accessible to any business who can benefit from a selection of services free of charge. Participants at every level will benefit from extended business support with new services being added to the portfolio alongside a reduced pricing structure to cater for all.

 

People and skills come first

The ACT's focus on recruitment, skilling and retention is becoming ever more critical as the changes in retail rapidly identify the need for investment in people and skills. The Cytech programme is currently undertaking expansion plans in all markets globally to support the worldwide demand for cycle technicians, encouragingly with increased Government support.

 

The way forward

The ACT is adapting with the objective of bringing the cycle business community closer together, with a priority focus upon speciality retail. This will not only better serve businesses and the people employed in these businesses, but will increase consumer engagement and encourage growth in cycling participation.

For further information please refer to the ACT relaunch brochure.

 

Read the ACT relaunch brochure now

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