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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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