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27 May 2021

The #ShopKind campaign was launched in April with the purpose of spreading awareness of the violence that takes place in shops on a dailybasis.

27 May 2021

Researchby RedEye shows that ecommerce growth will likely continue, after the initial excitement around physical shopping dies down.

26 May 2021

Retail sales in March and April 'better than expected', according to theBritish Retail Consortium's (BRC) Economic Briefing Report reported by

25 May 2021

A member of the GCA, Bexy Boo, has received a letter of thanks from the House of Commons for all the work she has done to support her home town of Knutsford

20 May 2021

Take a look at how ACT partner Maybe* have redesigned their Engage page to make it easier to use and help IBDs to start using social media more efficiently.

20 May 2021

On 22 May, Global Payments are adding multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a new step in the Merchant Portal login process. It's an extra layer of protectionfor your account credentials and...

14 May 2021

The EU's incoming One Stop Shop (OSS) VAT return for e-commerce aims to simplify VAT obligations for companies carrying out cross-border sales of goods and services (mainly online) to...

13 May 2021

ActSmart members will be able to save time and money when offering retail finance with the new Retail Finance Appointed Representative initiative

13 May 2021

ActSmart are partnering with the social media management platform Maybe* in a bid to get more cycling retailers up-to-date in the world of social media

13 May 2021

The Which? Cash Friendly Pledge is a public commitment to show customers that your stores accept cash payments

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Ipswich shows innovation in aims to become 'UK's first 15-minute' town

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Ipswich haFemale cyclist in park unveiled a bold plan to become the UK's first "15-minute" town in a "post-Covid world".

The plans would reshape the Suffolk town as more of a neighbourhood than a shopping destination with more housing, green spaces, schools and recreation.

The "15-minute city" concept was developed by Professor Carlos Moreno at the Sorbonne in Paris.

His concept is to improve quality of life by creating cities where everything a resident needs can be reached within a quarter of an hour by foot or bike. Once again, this would prove the essential role that bike shops play in our societies, as they have during the duration of the pandemic.

Ipswich Central said the proposals were "ahead of the game".

Terry Baxter, chairman of the town's Business Improvement District (Bid), said: "This is a bold plan which recognises that in the new, post-Covid world, our town centre will need to rely less upon retail and develop a new purpose as a place to live and visit.

"This new strategy for Ipswich commits to many more people living centrally and having around them all that they will need to live their lives locally.

"It is exceptionally ambitious and demonstrates that, once again, we are ahead of the game."

The plan for Ipswich to take on board the concept has been put together by Ipswich Vision, a partnership between organisations including Ipswich Central, the borough council, county council and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Baxter said they had also received a £25m grant from the government's Town Fund. Prof Dave Muller, chairman of All About Ipswich, the tourism website for the town, said: "The leisure, entertainment and hospitality sectors have been hard hit by the pandemic.

"But, as businesses in and around the town start to reopen, they will recognise that this plan will help to define Ipswich as an accessible, convenient and connected place to visit and stay."

 

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