Bira’s message to new Chancellor

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is asking the new Chancellor of the Exchequer to honour pledges made by his predecessor.

Yesterday (Thursday February 13), Rishi Sunak was appointed Chief Finance Minister following Sajid Javid’s resignation, as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Bira is calling upon Rishi to retain plans for business rates reform, and for the implementation of a digital services tax so that large internet businesses pay more.

Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “We hope the new Chancellor retains what has been set out in the Government’s manifesto, and what it has said about business rates reform, digital service tax and its support of independent retailers on the high street.”

The Cabinet reshuffle also saw Alok Sharma take up the role of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He takes over from Andrea Leadsom.

Commenting on this appointment, Andrew said: “We also hope the new Minister for BEIS focuses on providing support to independent retailers on the high street.”


Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre

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