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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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Bira survey reveals retailer confidence at three-year low

The British Independent Retailers Association’s (Bira) Business Confidence Barometer, which forms part of Bira’s annual Wages Survey, shows 50.8% of independent retailers are feeling ‘anxious’, which is significantly higher than in 2018 (40.83%). The number of retailers feeling ‘very confident’ showed a decline too, with only 7.1% feeling very confident, …

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Former Bira membership manager joins ShopAppy.com

Julie Holden, former national membership manager of Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) is the first in a raft of appointments for ShopAppy.com. ShopAppy.com is a website that was created to ‘revive British High Streets by providing an alternative to supermarkets and online retail giants, allowing customers to book events and …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards names 2019 winners

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 were announced last night (Wednesday October 3) during a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The victors of the event, which was organised by ‘Progressive Housewares’ magazine in conjunction with bira (British Independent Retailers Association), are: Retail Employee of …

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Bira calls for clarity on what Brexit means for the workforce

Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) has written to Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, calling for greater clarity on what Brexit will mean for the UK workforce. Bira said: ‘With many independent businesses relying heavily on foreign workers, the suggested £30,000 minimum salary threshold would …

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Cash prize up for grabs for one lucky Bira member

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) and its insurance partner Towergate Insurance are offering one Bira member the chance to win £1,000 in cash. The prize draw is open to all retail members of the association – or those that join before December 2019. To be in with the chance …

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Businesses come together to urge business rates inquiry results

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has joined forces with trade bodies including the BRC (British Retail Consortium) and the Association of Convenience Stores to urge the Treasury Select Committee to release the findings of its inquiry into business rates. Bira said: ‘With several of the MPs involved in the …

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Bira urges Prime Minister to take action on retail issues

Following Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is challenging the government to resolve ‘some of the ongoing issues that are burdening independent retail businesses’. Bira is urging the new Prime Minister to: Find a Brexit solution that works for independent businesses. Bira said: ‘We …

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Bira welcomes Mica as a new division

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) confirmed today (Wednesday August 14) an investment in Mica, which will see the UK co-operative group of 50-plus DIY, hardware and garden shops join the association as a new division. Bira will become a major shareholder in Mica. Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “This …

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Housewares bucks the trend in Bira survey

The latest quarterly sales figures reported by members of the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) show an average fall in sales of -2.94% compared with same three months in 2018. Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK compared with April, May and June in 2018. East Anglia was the …

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