Tag Archives: coronavirus

Rainy Day Trust offers coronavirus support

Bryan Clover, ceo of the Rainy Day Trust, has highlighted the programmes and support that the Rainy Day Trust can offer. The organisation and its programmes are designed to support businesses and their staff through times of trouble, offering flexibility in terms of the kind of help available. There are …

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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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Retailers aim to help combat covid with contactless

In response to extensive pressure from BRC (British Retail Consortium) and widespread consumer demand, the contactless limit for in-store card transactions will increase from £30 to £45. This move is being introduced in response to the coronavirus epidemic, to reduce the need for physical contact with PIN-Entry Devices (PEDs) at …

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Dunelm: update on current trading and coronavirus

In light of the rapidly changing developments regarding COVID-19, homeware chain Dunelm has issued the following update (which will replace its third quarter trading statement): ‘We have been working closely with our colleagues to assess the risks that they and our customers were facing from the COVID-19 outbreak across our …

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Rainy Day Trust: ‘Help us ride this storm’

Bryan Clover, ceo of the industry charity Rainy Day Trust, has issued a plea for help following coronovirus’ impact on the home improvement sector. He said: “The last few weeks have witnessed scenes and changes that wouldn’t be out of place in a science fiction novel. The analogies and metaphors …

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Lakeland temporarily closes all stores

Lakeland announced the temporary closure of all of its stores nationwide yesterday (Sunday March 22). The housewares chain’s ceo Catherine Nunn said in a statement: “I am sure that you have all been closely following the latest updates on the coronavirus situation and there’s no doubt we find ourselves in …

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John Lewis temporarily closes all 50 shops

The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) announced today (Saturday March 21) that it has ‘taken the difficult decision’ to temporarily close all of its 50 John Lewis shops at close of business on Monday (March 23) as a result of the impact of coronavirus. Johnlewis.com will continue to operate as normal, …

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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 latest emergency measures to help small businesses through coronavirus crisis

The Government’s £350 billion bailout of the UK economy in response to coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). However, Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre says the funds must be made available immediately to stop the collapse of many small independent retailers already seeing reduced trade. Chancellor …

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Rainy Day Trust: update on coronavirus and flooding support

Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), has issued the following statement: “The last few months have brought some serious disruption to our industries. First the flooding brought by storms Ciara, Dennis and Elena, and now coronavirus. “For the flooding we have been – and still …

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