Good Shopping

As the sector has become more professional and more specialised, charity shops are contributing to a more vibrant and eclectic retail mix on high streets.”

“This trend towards greater specialisation can enable charity shops to become destination stores, which can add value to the high streets in which they are located.”
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It is estimated that there are more than 11,000 charity shops in the UK, generating more than £295m for a range of good causes in the UK each year.

Whilst the charity sector is not immune from the challenging trading conditions that are closing high street shops, it is undoubtedly a cornerstone of the bricks and mortar retail sector. But contrary to the popular belief that our high streets are full of charity shops, they make up only four per cent of total retail units in the UK, compared to the national vacancy rate of around ten per cent.

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Windows 7 End of Life rapidly approaching!

The Windows 7 End of Life date has been announced as 14th January 2020

If you are still using Windows 7 Professional or any of the ‘home’ versions, you need to know that Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system after the 14th January 2020.

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Retail jargon buster – part 1

Retail Jargon Buster

Do you know your show-rooming from your drop-shipping or your m-commerce from your social selling?

In the ever-changing world of retail technology, keeping up to date with the jargon in today’s retail sector can be quite a challenge. New retail terms pop up all the time, so to help you keep pace with the changing technology and the terminology, we’ve compiled a list of just some of the latest retail terms.

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It pays to choose Paymentsense

We are delighted to work with one of the fastest-growing payment processing companies in Europe and to bring a whole host of industry leading benefits to our clients. Paymentsense currently handle over £10 billion in annual transactions for over 70,000 businesses in Britain and Ireland.

As an independent company who have gone from start-up to over 70,000 customers in less than a decade, this is a team who know exactly what it’s like to start out on your own.

They understand the importance of making savings for small business and they use their considerable buying power to offer better fees. Paymentsense also understand the importance of being fully supported, their UK based technical support staff are on call 24/7 – so if anything should go wrong with your card machine, they’ll have it fixed in no time.

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Christmas is coming

It’s September already and for most people this signifies that autumn is just around the corner and that the weather is turning a little colder, but if you’re a retailer, you know this means that it’s time to prepare and plan for Christmas.

The Christmas season is the biggest shopping event of the year, and for some retailers, sales during the festive season can account for up to 30 percent of their annual revenue. Of course, all retailers will be working hard to attract customers and generate sales during the biggest holiday shopping period of the year, so you need to work extra hard to compete.

The real key to success is planning ahead and implementing steps to prepare for the upcoming seasonal rush and be ready to maximise the potential. And to help you achieve this, there are several key tasks you should complete long before the Christmas season is upon us.

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The Season of Giving

The Christmas holiday is by far the biggest shopping holiday in the United Kingdom and of course for many other countries around the world.

Christmas shopping in the UK accounts for over £20 billion worth of spending from consumers. From decorations to presents, food and drink to parties and cards, many shoppers will save all year for Christmas shopping. Those residing in London plan to spend the most over the holiday season, sitting at £536 each on average. Northern Ireland came in second at £451 followed by those in Scotland at £417.

Who does the Christmas Shopping?
With so many people celebrating Christmas, the shopping is fairly equal across gender as well as many of the age ranges although the amount each demographic is planning to spend tends to vary.

Some of the statistics about who is buying for the Christmas season in the UK include:

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