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19 Aug 2021

To celebrate Local Bike Shop Day, taking place on Saturday 28th August, Freewheel are offering customers 15% off from now until 30th August.

19 Aug 2021

Send in your shop photos featuring the Local Bike Shop Day window sticker, posters and flyers to be posted on the social media channels.

19 Aug 2021

The web and mobile platform, Hubtiger, has created a brand new demo video to demonstrate how cycle shops can manage all workshop operations in just one app

18 Aug 2021

Local bike shops are celebrating the day across the nation by offering their customers special offers and discounts to drive footfall into store on Saturday 28th August

18 Aug 2021

BEIS have reached out to IRC orgs, including the ACT, to seek help getting the message across to SMEs to register interest in the scheme.

13 Aug 2021

Cycle September is a great way to engage your community, particularly local businesses, in a fun and engaging campaign that will help them achieve their health, wellness and sustainability...

12 Aug 2021

Part 3 of the ACT Summer Series highlights the many benefits of offeringretail finance to your customers and our two brand new services being offered to enhance retail finance - Appointed...

12 Aug 2021

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12 Aug 2021

To make preparations as easy as possible for IBDs during this busy time the ACT have created a digital Retailer Promotional Pack that is free to download

9 Aug 2021

The DfT have asked for the ACT's assistance in gathering data from Cornish retailers to measure how effective Government investment in e-bikes in Cornwall would be.

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Best Small Shops nominee Pennine Cycles once again commended with award

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

PenninePennine Cycles Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

The cycling industry has changed dramatically over recent years, particularly with the rise of the internet redefining how consumers make purchases. But bike shops will always be needed to offer expert advice and personal service to customers, and one store that has been leading the way in Bradford is Pennine Cycles, which has been owned by Paul and Sandra Corcoran for the last 21 years. 

In addition to their latest BikeBizAwards nomination, Sandra Corcoran was also shortlisted last year for BikeBiz Woman of the Year at the 2020, is designed to celebrate any woman who has made a marked impact in the cycle industry over the last year. "It was amazing and meant the world to me," Corcoran says on receiving the nomination. "It was exciting in these strange times."

Pennine Cycles specialises in road bikes but sells all bikes including children's, hybrids and BMXs as well as cycling accessories and apparel. It was established in 1946 and is also the manufacturer of the Pennine frameset, a steel, hand-built road frame custom-made to each customer's individual specification. The shop also includes a cycling gallery with lots of memorabilia. Staff are on hand to provide advice and share their knowledge.

In her interview last year for the Best Small Shops competition late last year, director Sandra Corcoran explained "We are passionate about cycling, we want to ensure people have a bike which fits them and is safe, not just sell them what we have in stock. Many of our customers have become friends due to the cycling connection made in our shop. We have built an engaged community both on and offline of cycling fans."

In addition to the main Best Small Shops award, Pennine Cycles was also commended for a special award to be given to the independent retailer that has demonstrated specific innovation to combat the impact of COVID-19. This award is sponsored by booost, the loyalty, gifting and promotions app.

Pennine Cycles and two other shops also appeared on Sky News' Ian King show in support of the Best Small Shops Competition 2020 shortlist announcement! You can watch the full interview for this here.

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