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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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BHETA to consult again on knife sales

Following the latest moves from the multiple retail sector to limit the sale of kitchen knives, The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will again canvas member opinion on the selling and marketing of these items. On March 8 the supermarket chain Asda announced it will remove single kitchen knives …

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Bira raises concerns on business rates discount discrepancies

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) says it has become aware of a lack of uniformity in the way local authorities are implementing the 30% discount for businesses with a rateable value below £51,000 – with some automatically applying it, whilst others requiring a form to be filled in. Bira …

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Bira celebrates 120th birthday with a special offer

This year, the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) celebrates 120 years of supporting independent retailers. Since 1899, when Bira’s predecessors – the Ironmongers Federation, British Hardware Federation (BHF) and Drapers Chamber of Trade (DCT) were formed – and following a number of business acquisitions and partnerships, including the British Shops …

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Standing room only at BHETA housewares forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) welcomed a full house to its housewares networking forum on November 1. The audience heard presentations from Lakeland buying and merchandising director Samm Swain, UK retail lead at market research and data provider GfK Kelly Whitwick, bira (British Independent Retailers Association) commercial director …

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New speaker joins BHETA housewares forum

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has added a new name to its line-up of speakers for its housewares networking forum on November 1, announced in May. Topping the bill will be Samm Swain, buying and merchandising director of Lakeland, who will present her views on the current market and …

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House of Commons debates bira’s business rates proposal

On Tuesday (October 9) Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP took a proposal from bira (British Independent Retailers Association) on reforming the business rates system for small retail businesses, to the House of Commons for an adjournment debate answered by Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. Bira …

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Lakeland, bira direct and GfK to speak at BHETA forum

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has revealed more details of its housewares networking forum on November 1, announced in May. Topping the bill will be Samm Swain, buying and merchandising director of Lakeland, who will present her views on the current market and latest consumer trends, and outline the …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards names 2018 winners

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 were announced last night (Wednesday October 4) 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 the …

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BHETA wins Tussle on the Turf

The housewares industry’s two leading trade associations – bira (British Independent Retailers Association) and BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) – went head to head on July 18 in the annual Tussle on the Turf Golf Challenge at The Welcombe Golf Course in Stratford-upon-Avon. Twelve teams from both organisations battled …

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