Weekly Round-Up

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Here’s a round-up of some of the key industry news stories that we’ve brought you this week, in case you missed them…

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Here are this week’s key stories:

Update: MIA action around EU VAT policy changes

The MIA has been working as a member of the Independent Retail Confederation to gather the experience of small independent retailers and present a clear picture to Government of the challenges of schemes such as IOSS (Import One Stop Shop). Click the link above to read more. 

Manufacturers and retailers, drop in with your views!

The issue of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) affects manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and it’s another area in which Brexit is having an impact on legislation, with a Government consultation on the matter ending on 31st August 2021. The consultation specifically pertains to the exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights, ie. the point at which the holder of the IPRs for a particular product or design no longer has control over the sourcing and supply of that product. Click the link above to read more.

Kickstart The Future

You might have heard about The Kickstart Scheme – a programme that provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. Today, we’d like to provide information about how your business could benefit from the scheme, and share some thoughts and experiences from an MI retailer and manufacturer who has directly utilised The Kickstart Scheme to train and retain a new member of staff. Click the link above to read more.

Self-Isolation: What’s Changing?

We’re all operating against a constantly shifting backdrop, so we thought it would be helpful to outline the changes to self-isolation rules effective from today, Monday 16th August. We hope this will provide clarity on the modified requirements and aid employee communications. Click the link above to read more.

Eastbourne’s biggest music store expands

Eastbourne’s best known music store is marking 45 years of trading with a move to bigger, modern premises as the business continues to grow despite the pandemic.Bonners was opened as a small shop in Ivy Terrace in 1976 by musician Peter Bonner, who was a resident act at the Kings Country Club working alongside famous names such as Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield. Click the link above to read more.