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29 Dec 2020

Welsh Government Finance Minister Rebecca Evans MS has unveiled its ‘Protect, Build, Change' draft Budget for 2021/22

22 Dec 2020

The ActSmart office will be open as usual (9am-5:15pm) for the majority of the Christmas period, with some exceptions.

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...

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How the ACT's Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) membership will benefit IBDs

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

IRC full logoThe ACT has recently restructured to align itself even more closely with the partner organisations that make up the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC).

For over two decades the ACT has worked with the IRC representing the interests of well over 100,000 specialist retailers; over recent months the challenges we have all faced together has underwritten the value of that partnership, even more so as we look towards the future of the high street.

What the IRC brings the IBD:

  • Unrivalled access to Government on business matters impacting speciality retail
  • Extensive and ever increasing engagement opportunities with the public/new customers
  • A width of knowledge and experience in delivering business support across multiple sectors, high streets and shopping parades throughout the UK
  • Increased buying power and influence with commercial, Government and national agencies
  • Information, advice and best practice standards for Indie Retail
  • IRC meets every fortnight to discuss and co-ordinate action on issues impacting Indie Retail
  • The opportunity to rebuild the high street together for the future
  • Organises the Government recognised Best Small Shops competition that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of independent retailers
The 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. 
 
The restructure means that full annual ACT membership is now available for £60p.a. the equivalent of just £5p.m.
 
To learn more about the ACT's restructure and new and improved pricing read the ACT brochure or click on the link below to join the ACT now.
 
 
 

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