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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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Sainsbury’s comments on business rates

J Sainsbury plc has commented on the statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday (Tuesday March 17) which included the news that the government will be “giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months”.   The supermarket …

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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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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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Retailers demand Chancellor addresses business rates

More than 50 big retailers have come together to demand the Government takes action on the business rates system. In a letter to the new Chancellor Sajid Javid, the retailers have called on the government to put business rates at heart of the promised new economic package. The letter, co-ordinated …

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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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BRC: action needed to ‘protect shops and jobs’

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has reported that business rates for retailers will rise by £200 million for 2019/20 and the business rates multiplier in England rose to over 50p in the pound on April 1. In response, BRC commented: ‘At a time when shop closures have become an all …

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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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BRC comments on the Queen’s speech

A host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a departure from the EU were announced in the Queen’s Speech, delivered on June 21. Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), commented: “In very uncertain times, retailers will be encouraged that the Government …

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