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Three local bike shops commended in Best Small Shops competition 2020!

2 Dec 2020

Independent bicycle retailers in Bradford, Ipswitch and York have all been commended in this year's search for the Best Small Shop of 2020!
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Pennine Cycles feautures on Sky News as a shortlisted shop for the Best Small Shops Competition

21 Oct 2020

Earlier today ACT member Pennine Cycles and two other shops appeared on Sky News' Ian King show in support of today's Best Small Shops Competition 2020 shortlist announcement!
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How Local Bike Shop Day boosted social media success with Maybe*

8 Oct 2020

Maybe* is an engagement and insight platform that helps businesses to deliver exceptional social media experiences that deliver business results
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Local Bike Shop Day 2020 celebrated by record number of shoppers across the nation

15 Sep 2020

Local Bike Shop Day's postponed date of 5th September was the perfect time to celebrate the recent upturn in cycling and draw attention to allthat local bike shops have done for us... Read more…

Local Bike Shop Day prize winners announced

15 Sep 2020

Read which lucky bike shops and customers were chosen to receive Local Bike Shop Day prizes
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Activate Cycle Academy's New Cytech Training Facility Opens

7 Sep 2020

The new cycle mechanics training facility at Merrist Wood College in Guildford, managed by Cytech training provider Activate Cycle Academy (ACA), has oficially opened and courses are being... Read more…

UK Cycling resurgence timed perfectly for Local Bike Shop Day 2020

2 Sep 2020

The ACT and Cyclescheme join forces to make Local Bike Shop Day 2020 the best yet.
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Download your free Local Bike Shop Day 2020 digital Retailer Promo Pack

27 Aug 2020

There is now just over a week to prepare for this year's Local Bike Shop Day! To make preperations as easy as possible for IBDs during this busy time the ACT have created a digital Retailer... Read more…

Get your free retailer pack now by signing up on the Local Bike Shop Day website, last few remaining!

20 Aug 2020

Over 200 of these packs have already been given away to participating retailers, to get yours make sure you sign up now!

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How do you feel about cycling? Take the survey now!

19 Aug 2020

With a surge in cycling across the UK The London E-Bike Festival and TheCycle Show want to hear how you feel about cycling and whether your participation levels are set to increase.
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Three local bike shops commended in Best Small Shops competition 2020!

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Independent bicycle retailers in Bradford, Ipswitch and York have all been commended in this year's search for the Best Small Shop of 2020!

The Best Small Shops competition is managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), of which the ACT is a member. The competition celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK's High Streets and the central role they play in their local communities. It is sponsored by Maybe*, an engagement platform that helps make social media work for independent retailers. The winners were announced on the Indie Retail website page here.


Pennine CyclesPennine Cycles 

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.  

"We are passionate about cycling," explains director Sandra Corcoran. "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 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.


Elmy CyclesElmy Cycles 

Independent bicycle retailer in Ipswich, Elmy Cycles, remained open from the first day of lockdown in March, adapting and changing its business as it went along.

Elmy Cycles built a complete ecommerce platform from scratch within two weeks of lockdown, listing all of its bikes for sale. It brought in a local independent builder to alter the shop layout so it could serve customers safely whilst maintaining social distancing and worked hard to engage and support the local community. It conducted over 200 free Cycle Safety Services free of charge for key workers and, using support from one of its suppliers, distributed over 100 free care packages of lights, helmet & safety jacket. The shop was recognised with a "Making a difference" Award from BBC Suffolk.

"Going forward, we are continuing to change our layout to enhance our click and collect experience and have created extra separated workshop areas and additional hand wash stations to ensure mechanics can work safely," explains owner Steve Grimwood.

"We now have an integrated workshop booking system online and will soon be able to allow customers to view the progress of their repair online. We are also working with the local authority to deliver a Road Safety Cycle Training event for new cyclists and are hoping to develop a ReCycling Scheme for used and second hand bikes for anyone struggling financially."


Recycle York 2Recycle York

Cycle shop in York, Recycle York, buys, sells and repairs bicycles as well as refurbishing bikes for a fraction of the cost of a new one.

Recycle York, which is open seven days a week, can often complete repairs immediately thanks to its huge stock of second hand parts. It also custom builds and sells new bikes, sourced from five different suppliers. And, as its name implies, Recycle York is also hugely involved with waste reduction, which includes re-cycling more than 5000 bikes annually and donating many to local causes. It collects from waste sites and homes across North Yorkshire. The shop also works closely with many primary schools and the university, offering anything from information on cycle repairs and safety, to affordable bike sales.

In addition to the main award, Recycle York was also commended for the special award to be given to the independent retailer that has demonstrated specific innovation to combat the impact of COVID-19.

As it was considered a key service and allowed to stay open, in addition to putting in place all necessary procedures, it set up a delivery and collection service. It also moved its repair centre from the front of the shop to a different area with a separate entrance at the side of the building, meaning anyone bringing a bike for repair did not have to enter the premises. The shop offered to repair bikes for NHS workers for free and gave out 162 bikes to those health workers who vitally needed transport to get to work.

Read more about the Best Small Shops competition and view all commended and winning shops here.

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Local Bike Shop Day is an industry wide initiative managed by the Association of Cycle Traders.