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18 Nov 2021

Technologyhas important effects on business operations. The ACT has partnered withDell to assist businesses in attaining quality up-to-date IT equipment and access specialist advice to...

8 Nov 2021

As trendy Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) services continue to grow in popularity across the UK, a charity has warned that using these non-regulated services can be like "slipping into quicksand"....

5 Nov 2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking (APPGCW) have an upcoming meeting on Monday the 8th November at 16:30.

4 Nov 2021

The ACT is a supporting organisation of Road Safety Week 2021 to represent the cycling industry and encourage road safety for all who usethem.

4 Nov 2021

WithCOP26 taking place in Glasgow until November 12, here are some ways that you can evaluate your business to become more environmentally sustainable.
 
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4 Nov 2021

The Government has launched a new Export Support Service to help UK businesses get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe.

4 Nov 2021

The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme was announced today by Patrick Harvie (MSP, Minister for ZeroCarbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights) at the Cycling Scotland Conference.

1 Nov 2021

ACT and ActSmart partner Global Payments (GP) will be contacting all customers to arrange the replacement of your terminal(s) to keep you up with modern requirements for no extra cost.

27 Oct 2021

The Budget and SR21 promised much for both the cycling industry and for retailers, but will it be enough to help recover the damage done from the pandemic and help sustain the cycling...

27 Oct 2021

During the Maybe* monthly masterclass you'll discover each month which bike shops have had the most social media engagement and why - catch up on last week's now.
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Take the Which? Cash Friendly Pledge

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the way people shop and pay for things, with many benefiting from digital payments for the first time. However, for the millions of people who rely on cash, the last year has presented some serious challenges.

Recent research from consumer organisation Which? has found that 1 in 3 people have struggled to pay for things with cash since the start of the pandemic, which has resulted in many consumers - especially those who are cash dependent, of which there are 2.5 million - being unable to purchase even essential goods. Worryingly, thousands more have been left feeling ashamed or stressed because of fears their cash will be rejected at the till.

In response, Which? and Bira want to team up with ‘cash friendly' retailers on a new voluntary initiative that aims to protect customers' option to pay with cash. On the 13th of May, it will be launching it's Cash Friendly Pledge - a public commitment from retailers that they're accepting cash.

While Which? recognises that many retailers do accept cash, and have been throughout the pandemic, it's engagement with consumers - cash dependent or not - has told them they'd benefit from reassurance that retailers are committed to protecting this important payment option. The pledge can be dropped if a retailer changes it's payment policy, and does not require signatories to accept cash for a specific period of time or to prioritise accepting cash over other payment methods.

The names of retailers who've taken the Pledge will be announced at Which?'s public launch in May, which will be promoted in national and trade media and supported by a campaign on social media, in the Which? Money magazine, across online content and in communications to it's members and supporters. They've also created Cash Friendly promotional materials that can be incorporated into online and in-store marketing materials.

To take the pledge, Which? is asking businesses to complete this digital form, which provides further information about the conditions of the pledge.

Any questions or requests for further information on how to get involved with the launch can be emailed to cashfriendly@which.co.uk.

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