Tag Archives: Andrew Goodacre

Bira: ‘Transparent and detailed support’ needed for independent retailers forced to shut in UK lockdown

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for immediate access to financial support for independent retailers affected by the Government-imposed lockdown of the country. At 8.30pm this evening (Monday March 23) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a UK-wide lockdown including the closure of all ‘non-essential’ shops in a bid …

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Bira: ‘Speed and simplicity’ will be key to making new emergency measures work

The Government’s latest raft of emergency measures to save jobs and businesses amidst the coronavirus crisis is being backed by Bira (British Independent Retailers Association). Yesterday (Friday March 20), Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced a new scheme of measures to protect workers. They include: coverage for 80% of …

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Bira welcomes move to support small businesses in Wales through coronavirus

The Welsh Government’s plan to temporarily reduce – or abolish – rates for some small businesses has been welcomed by The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). The move – worth £200 million – has been announced to help limit the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses. Shops, leisure and hospitality …

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Bira welcomes temporary abolition of business rates in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s move to temporarily abolish business rates in a bid to minimise the impact of coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP has unveiled a new economic package to the Holyrood Parliament in response to coronavirus, including 12 months …

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Bira welcomes latest emergency measures to help small businesses through coronavirus crisis

The Government’s £350 billion bailout of the UK economy in response to coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). However, Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre says the funds must be made available immediately to stop the collapse of many small independent retailers already seeing reduced trade. Chancellor …

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Bira supports measures to limit impact of coronavirus for Scottish businesses

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is backing new measures by the Scottish government to help limit the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses. Bira said Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced that the following steps – totalling £320 million – will be put in place during the 2020-21 financial …

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Bira welcomes Budget’s emergency measures

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed the Chancellor’s emergency package to help small retail businesses amid the coronavirus crisis. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered his first Budget this afternoon (Wednesday March 11) which included a £30 billion package to help the UK economy respond to the …

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Bira issues Save Our Shops (SOS) plan

A five-point plan to Save Our Shops (SOS) has been issued by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). The strategy is the key feature of Bira’s forthcoming manifesto which focuses on ‘what can be done to better support independent retail businesses and minimise the burden on them’. Bira is asking …

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Bira’s message to new Chancellor

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is asking the new Chancellor of the Exchequer to honour pledges made by his predecessor. Yesterday (Thursday February 13), Rishi Sunak was appointed Chief Finance Minister following Sajid Javid’s resignation, as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle. Bira is calling upon Rishi …

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Bira responds to Conservatives’ pledge to cut business rates

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), which represents thousands of independent retail businesses across the UK, has welcomed the Conservative party’s proposal to support high streets if they are re-elected. Bira said: ‘After a three-year campaign, we’re pleased to see a significant reduction in rates proposed and a fundamental review …

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