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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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Bira boss comments on Offensive Weapons Act

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has issued a statement in response to the announcement today (Thursday May 16) that The Offensive Weapons Act has received Royal Assent, Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “We fully support responsible retailing of knives. These new regulations require two things. One is enforcement, especially where …

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Bira member Simon James steps up to the challenge

South Devon Bira branch member Simon James is taking part in a demanding endurance challenge this weekend. He is a member of Torbay lifeboat crew based in Brixham and between them, they will be running a total of 500 miles over 24 hours on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May …

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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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