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19 Oct 2021

This is the £200 threshold that determines the response by the police, and theft below this level does not always merit a police visit and offenders can plead guilty by post.

19 Oct 2021

The FCA have recently announced significant increases in their base ratefees that will have an unfavourable effect, particularly on smaller independent retailers.

18 Oct 2021

Cycling Industry News has announced the launch of its 2022 Market Data drive and once again invites UK-based independent bike retailers to participate.

18 Oct 2021

#BikeIsBest,the cycle industry campaign supported by leading brands, retailers, organisations and cycling advocacy groups, has launched its latest campaign: When more people cycle,...

18 Oct 2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking (APPGCW) have an upcoming meeting on Monday the 18th October focussing on initiatives to promote walking

14 Oct 2021

Originally due to end on 31 December 2021, it has since been announced (4th October 2021) that the scheme has been extended until March 2022.

13 Oct 2021

Cytech continues to be in record-breaking demand as it now sees the highest ever number of technicians certified within one month in September 2021 - with over 115 in the UK alone!

13 Oct 2021

According to UK Finance, 'The new £100 limit is designed to balance security, convenience and consumer demand."

11 Oct 2021

With current incentives andfunding grants in place employers taking on new apprentices could receive up to £4,000 per apprentice.

11 Oct 2021

Your Business Journey to Net Zero, is a series of locally focused virtual events, designed to help small businesses who want to play theirpart in climate change, but don't know where is best...

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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.

 

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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.

 

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