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The UK government has announced that extended daily opening hours introduced last year when lockdown was eased will continue when stores reopen in England next month.

The move was introduced before Christmas and aimed to help retailers make up for lost sales, while also giving people greater flexibility to avoid peak times.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has now said the extension will be in place when non-essential stores in England are permitted to open on April 12 as part of the country’s “cautious” roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions.

Stores will have the flexibility to open until 10pm Monday to Saturday.

It comes after the government last week revealed a 56 million pound ‘Welcome Back Fund’ that aims to support the safe and successful reopening of the country’s high streets.

Retailers gear up for April 12

“To support businesses to reopen and recover, I’ve extended measures to allow shops to stay open for longer. This is part of a package of support to help reopen our shops and high-streets safely – backed by 56 million pounds,” Jenrick said in a statement.

He continued: “This will provide a much-needed boost for many businesses – protecting jobs, reducing pressure on public transport and supporting people and communities to continue to visit their high streets safely and shop locally.”

The extended hours will come as good news for retailers who have faced a year of on-and-off lockdowns, including one over the important Christmas and New Year sales period.

UK retail sales volumes recovered slightly in February ahead of the easing of lockdowns restrictions, but fashion sales halved, data published last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed.

Overall retail sales volumes partly recovered with an increase of 2.1 percent in February compared with the 8.2 percent fall seen in January. That meant sales were still down by 3.7 percent compared to pre-Covid levels a year earlier.

The largest drop was seen by clothing retailers, which reported a 50.4 percent fall in sales volumes when compared with February 2020.

Separate figures from ONS last month revealed that the number of retail jobs in the UK dropped by 67,000 in the last three months of 2020 during the second wave of the pandemic.

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Fila collaborates with Flock Together initiative on capsule

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Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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Sportswear label Fila has unveiled a collaboration with birdwatching initiative Flock Together in the form of an apparel and footwear capsule, to be exclusively sold through LN-CC.

In a range of hike-wear gear made for urban exploring, the collection intends to bring people into nature and engage with their community. The selection includes a reinvented version of the Fila Trailblazer hiking shoe and two shearling fleece designs.

The colourways of the line are inspired by the Kingfisher bird, with a scannable near field communication (NFC) tag present in the hiking shoe that takes buyers to a dedicated page outlining the best places in the UK to spot a Kingfisher.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

15 percent of all sales of the collection will go towards the Flock Together community fund.

Buying and creative director at LN-CC, Reece Crisp, expressed his enthusiasm over the collaboration in a release, stating: “We’re super excited for LN-CC to be part of this project.

“Flock Together encompasses everything that’s great about community and wellness, two driving forces that are integral to LN-CC too.

“Flock Together’s growth has been both a reaction to, and antidote from, a difficult eighteen months by bringing people together and encouraging outdoor consciousness, so we are honoured to share our platform in amplifying its much-needed positivity while working with Fila in creating this tribute to the Kingfisher.”

Flock Together, founded back in the 2020 covid-19 lockdowns, brings BIPOC together to engage in birdwatching and other nature-oriented activities.

It has previously partnered on an event with Timberland, hosting a range of spoken word presentations at the nature reserve, Woodbury Wetlands. Sponsored by the apparel label, the event aimed to promote the voices in its growing community adjacent to guiding guests through the nature reserve.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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