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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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Bira partners with Down Your High Street

Independent retailers came together at the OXO Tower in London earlier this month to celebrate the partnership of national online selling platform Down Your High Street (DYHS) and the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). With workshop sessions from DYHS supporter Mark Hayes, stylist on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ (a weekday morning, lifestyle …

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BRC acquires Oxford Summer School from Bira

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has acquired OSS Retail, formally known as the Oxford Summer School, from the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). The move is part of BRC’s Better Jobs campaign and its ongoing commitment to repositioning retail as a career of choice. BRC said: ‘With the changing nature …

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Bira boss comments on BRC-KPMG’s May retail sales figures

Andrew Goodacre, ceo of Bira (British Independent Retailers Association), has commented on the results of the latest retail sales monitor released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG, which show a 2.7% slump in retail sales in May. Excluding Easter distortions, this represents the biggest decline since the BRC-KPMG record began …

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MPs talk business rates with Bira retailers

Four MPs – Nicky Morgan (chair of the Treasury Committee), Clive Betts (chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee), Steve Baker and Alison McGovern – brought the Treasury Committee’s enquiry into business rates to Birmingham today (Monday May 20), to speak to several retailers at the head …

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Bira boss comments on Offensive Weapons Act

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has issued a statement in response to the announcement today (Thursday May 16) that The Offensive Weapons Act has received Royal Assent, Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “We fully support responsible retailing of knives. These new regulations require two things. One is enforcement, especially where …

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Bira member Simon James steps up to the challenge

South Devon Bira branch member Simon James is taking part in a demanding endurance challenge this weekend. He is a member of Torbay lifeboat crew based in Brixham and between them, they will be running a total of 500 miles over 24 hours on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May …

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Bira responds to ONS retail figures for February

According to the first estimate of UK retail sales in volume and value terms published by ONS (Office for National Statistics) on March 21, both the quantity bought and amount spent in the retail industry showed strong growth of 4.3% and 4.0% respectively in February 2019 compared with a year …

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