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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

Maybe* have collated the latest social media happenings so you can stay in the loop so read on for the latest social media news

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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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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