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Bira comments on KPMG Retail Sales Monitor report

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has responded to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for February 2022 with a degree of optimism. The report, which can be downloaded here, highlighted strong retail sales and the following points: UK retail sales increased 2.7% on a Like-for-like basis from February 2021, when …

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Bira comments on the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has responded to announcement by the government about the full lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre said: “In general we welcome the further reduction in restrictions. It always feels counter-intuitive to remove restriction when cases are so high, but we hope the …

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Retail sales rebounded in January, reveals Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shared its report on January’s retail sales in Great Britain. Sales on the high street rebounded by 1.9% last month, as shoppers returned after the disruption of the Omicron variant. Statistics show that non-food stores sales volumes rose by 3.4% with strong growth …

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Bira issues statement on Governments plans for rules ease in England

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has made a statement about the announcement by the government about the removal of COVID-19 ‘Plan B’ restrictions. Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre said: “It is a positive sign to see the Omicron wave abating, but we hope that the decision to remove some of …

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Bira announces new partnership with Expression Insurance

Bira has announced it has officially partnered with Expression Insurance. The company, which offers business insurance packages designed for independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bakeries, was chosen as it aligns with some of the core values of Bira Andrew Goodacre, Bira CEO said: “Bira is really pleased to offer a …

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Bira launches new trading platform Neartoo to help indies recover from pandemic

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling on independent retailers to sign up to its new online trading site to help them recover from the pandemic. The website, which is being launched in February 2022, will provide independent retailers with a new, cost-effective way to sell online, helping them …

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Bira comments on latest Covid guidance for retailers in England

Andrew Goodacre, Bira CEO, met with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 29 November 2021 to discuss the latest legal guidance regarding face coverings in England. “I am sure that independent retailers and the employees will be as responsible as ever in implementing these new guidelines. …

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Spending on home improvement is boosting sales figures, confirms Bira

Bira is backing findings from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that spending on homeware and DIY is boosting retail sales figures. The ONS released its retail report for August 2020, revealing a fourth consecutive month of growth, with sales up by 0.8% when compared with July. The report, published …

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Extra support needed for retailers, says BIRA

‘Positive action’ is needed to help retail businesses meet rent demands as they continue to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, Bira has said. It is backing the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) proposals for a Property Bounceback Grant, after exclusive research revealed independent retailers were concerned about paying their rent while …

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Bira: ‘High street banks should hang heads in shame’

High street banks are failing to support small independent retailers in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, a new members’ survey by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has revealed. Bira asked its members about the support they have received following the outbreak of coronavirus – and the results show …

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