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IRC seeking views on rule changes for businesses selling products to consumers in EU countries

The Independent Retail Confederation (IRC) is seeking urgent input from its members impacted by recent rule changes for businesses selling products to consumers in EU countries. The IRC, a group of industry associations representing over 100,000 indie retail UK businesses, is looking for valuable information it can present to Government. …

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New online platform Buyerdock searching for indie retail volunteers for trials

New digital product discovery platform Buyerdock is searching for indie retail volunteers for trials. The platform has been developed over the past two years, through discussions with retailers and sellers from the UK, Europe and the USA. During the first lockdown, funding was raised to develop the test platform. “Discovering …

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Three bike shops shortlisted for Best Small Shop 2020

Elmy Cycles, Pennine Cycles and Recycle York have been named on the shortlist of retailers in the running to be named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020. Elmy Cycles is an independent bicycle retailer in Ipswich which remained open from the first day of lockdown in March, adapting and changing …

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ACT restructures to focus more on retailers’ needs

The Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) is restructuring to become more focused 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), it will be working with over 100,000 independent retailers engaging Government, business and …

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IRC partners with BookAShop to rebuild shoppers’ confidence

The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) has partnered with BookAShop in order to rebuild shoppers’ confidence. In the short-term, the booking service app will facilitate reopening strategies and social distancing measures while ensuring the safety of both customers and staff. It is designed for retailers of all sizes and locations and …

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The future of retail post-COVID-19

COVID-19 has shaken up our lives in a way no-one could have imagined six months ago, including the way we shop. Thankfully for the cycling industry, bike shops were a notable exception to stores that were told to temporarily close when lockdown was announced, and while some did shut their …

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Best Small Shops 2020 relaunched with new COVID-19 innovation category

The Independent Retailers’ Confederation (IRC) has announced a special category in its search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020. The Best Small Shops Competition relaunched post lockdown on Independents’ Day, Saturday 4th July, celebrating the return of indie retail to UK high streets and shopping parades. The judges …

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BikeBiz July edition is now available

The digital edition of BikeBiz July is now available. Our latest issue looks at sustainability and diversity in the cycling industry, catches up with USE, FFWD, Gocycle and ArmaUrto, and looks at how COVID-19 will impact high streets and the way we travel in the UK. This month’s sector guides …

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IRC launches online directory to promote small shops still open for business

The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) has launched ‘We are open’, an online map and directory of independent shops that are still open and operating responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Government’s guidance, some high street retailers have been able to remain physically open as a ‘notable exception’ whilst others …

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