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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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Bira: ‘Many members won’t benefit from rescue package for self-employed’

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed yesterday’s (Thursday March 26) rescue plan for the self-employed – but has raised concerns that many of its members won’t benefit. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a package of support for self-employed people unable to work following the outbreak …

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Bira: more support needed for small independent retailers through Covid-19 emergency

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has announced that it is ‘continuing in its efforts to get the best deal for its members’ during the coronavirus crisis. Bira has already lobbied for extra support for independent retailers following the outbreak of Covid-19. However, the trade body’s ceo Andrew Goodacre said …

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Bira launches new coronavirus hub to help independent retailers through crisis

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has launched a dedicated coronavirus hub to guide its members and the wider retail community through the crisis. The online resource, accessible through the Bira website, is a one-stop shop featuring information and advice. It is being updated every day, throughout the day. Information …

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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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