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:

Help to Grow

There’s plenty of talk about harnessing digital technology to streamline workflow and help in developing sales, but for many small businesses, it can be difficult to know where to start. Announced in March by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, ‘Help To Grow : Digital’ is being launched this autumn. If you aren’t already using digital technology to enhance customer experience and the productivity of your business, this scheme could well be of interest. Click the link above to read more.

Meters Music and Ashdown Engineering pop-up store.

In conjunction with friends at Rose Morris, Meters Music we will be taking over their Number 10 Denmark Street store from the 11th of October – 16th October 2021. This will be the first time they have been able to show the Ashdown community their NEW Meters headphones in person since the launch of the OV-1-B-C at the NAMM show in 2020. They will have the full range of Meters Headphones in store for the event as well as some very exciting new products they would love to get your feedback on, including Meters True Wireless in-ear headphones and personal speaker systems designed with their musician friends in mind… Click the link above to find out more. 

Green Street – Planet Friendly Retail

Green Street is a guide for smaller retailers & hospitality businesses to slash their carbon footprint and become more sustainable as quickly as possible. The guide has been produced as part of the work of the Retail Sector Council, which is a body of around 24 retailers of all types and sizes who work together in a non-competitive way to promote and grow UK retail. This is Co-Chaired by Richard Pennycook and the Retail Minister in BEIS, Paul Scully MP. Click the link above to read more.

Some hints and tips to protect against fraud

You may recall our recent MIA drop-in where we asked our members to share their experiences in regards to credit card and online fraud. There is no doubt that due to the increase in distance selling following the pandemic, concerns about fraud have become a much more prevalent issue. Therefore we’re really pleased to share these hints and tips for protecting your business against fraud, shared with us from our friends at the IRC. Click the link above to read more.

Climate emergency: A free online event

Climate change is now recognised as an emergency, with the United Nations COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November further raising the profile of this issue. But what can music groups do about climate change? And do their actions have any impact? Click the link above to read more.

BRC Climate Action Roadmap

Environmental awareness is now a mainstream topic and operating in a sustainable way will increasingly be a key driver in attracting customers over the coming years.  Recent MIA activities have brought light to the issue within our industry, and we’re pleased to report that the British Retail Consortium has launched a Climate Action Roadmap as a call-to-action for wider retail and supply-chain infrastructure. Click the link above to read more.