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1 Jul 2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking (APPGCW) have launched a new inquiry, exploring what the DfT's Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy 2nd version should look like.

1 Jul 2021

Independents' Day UK is a campaign that exists to support and promote businesses across the UK all year round, but with an annual focus on July 4th: ‘Independents' Day' itself.

1 Jul 2021

HM Treasury has launched a consultation on delivering more frequent business rate revaluations in England

1 Jul 2021

The European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional agreementto exclude e-bikes from insurance obligations. It is part of complete set of rules to better protect road accident...

1 Jul 2021

The web and mobile platform, Hubtiger, is offering an exclusive webinar to ACT members to demonstrate how cycle shops can manage all workshop operations in just one app.

30 Jun 2021

Join UK Power Network on 7th July 2021, 14.00-15.00 to hear key findingsfrom the White Van Plan project and how they could collaborate to support SMEs and drive towards a Net Zero future.

30 Jun 2021

With the recent extension to the Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) enforcement date to 14th March 2022, this webinar is aimed at eMerchantsto help them understand the industry approach to...

17 Jun 2021

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers with the tools to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

17 Jun 2021

Join the Secretary of State for the Department for BEIS, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, for the next in a seriesof live panel discussions on 23rd June at 10:30 AM

16 Jun 2021

The Bank of England have released details about the new polymer £50 note featuring the mathematician Alan Turing.

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ACT and ActSmart to meet with business minister Paul Scully to discuss high street initiatives

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

OParliamentn Wednesday 19th May the ACT and ActSmart, along with other key members of the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), will be partaking in a meeting with government officials in regard to the wellbeing of the high street.

The IRC is a well-established organisation, bringing together like-minded trade associations with interests in the small and independent retail sector. The IRC represents c.100,000 independent retailers throughout the UK, creating a growing retail network, committed to the development and sharing of best practice among associations and their members engaged in the independent retail sector. 

The meeting is the third one of its kind, following a conference with Small Business and Enterprise Minister Paul Scully at the end of last year and another one in February. Previous meetings evaluated any lessons that we have so far learned from national lockdowns and ways in which we can move forward from this using government support. Read more about that here.

The lockdown has heavily affected high street retailers, impacting both essential and non-essential retailers in different ways. The ACT has been collating feedback from IBDs in regard to ongoing issues that are being experienced and any queries that we have been unable to find solutions for. This information has then been combined with other IRC member feedback with following topics being agreed upon:

  • Feedback on the re-opening of the high street
  • Landlord Tenants
  • Brexit - Export/ VAT/ Ecommerce and barriers to SMEs
  • Permitted Development Rights

The IRC will be meeting with the minister once again early in the summer. If you would like to provide any feedback or suggestions that could potentially be discussed in the meeting please email info@indieretail.uk.

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