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23.03

Yale Smart Living partners with RISCO

Yale’s connected smart locks are now fully compatible with RISCO smart home systems, making traditional keys a thing of the past. RISCO is a global leader in the security solutions market, producing high quality, reliable security products for every type of security installation. From intrusion systems for residential and commercial installations, to large scale access […]

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22.03

The paper £5 note will be withdrawn on 5 May 2017

Paper £5 notes, featuring Elizabeth Fry on the reverse, will be withdrawn from circulation on 5 May 2017.  They can be used normally until then. Some retailers, banks and building societies may choose to accept paper £5 notes after the withdrawal date, however this is at the discretion of the individual institution. The Bank of […]

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20.03

Inheritance tax risk from Govt pension fund

Those on Government-backed pension scheme, Nest, could be hit by taxes of up to 40%.  NEST’s maximum contribution cap will be lifted in April this year, allowing members to contribute the full annual allowance of £40,000pa. In addition, NEST will also open its doors for the first time to transfers in with a 0.3% annual charge. […]

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17.03

BHETA and bira tussle it out on the turf.

The industry’s two leading trade associations The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) and British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will come together again to present a friendly but, competitive networking, business and social occasion in the calendar by way of the ‘Tussle on the Turf’ golf event. The event is to be held on July […]

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17.03

‘Making Tax Digital’ regime delayed for 12 months

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delayed the implementation of Making Tax Digital by at least 12 months for small businesses with turnover below the VAT registration threshold at the Spring Budget 2017. Making Tax Digital is a key component of the Government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right first […]

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17.03

A good time to check your water rates

On the 1st April 2017 the remainder of the UK water market will de-regulate following on from Scotland pioneering such a de-regulation back in 2008. This means that all businesses within England and Wales can, for the first time, choose which water supplier they want to use. Up until now only the very largest users […]

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16.03

Philip Hammond announces full U-turn on National Insurance hike for self-employed workers.

Yesterday, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a significant u-turn on the Government’s plan to hike National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed. A budget decision that was yet another blow to independent retailers up and down the country who own their own business. Mr Hammond wrote a letter to his party’s MPs saying that following a backlash […]

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14.03

Your opportunity to visit the IHA Shanghai – funded by bira direct and STAX Trade Centers PLC

Funded by bira and STAX trade centers PLC, we are inviting you to the amazing opportunity to visit the International Hardware Association (IHA) Congress in Shanghai, China. Hosted by the China National Hardware Association (CNHA), the IHA congress will give great exposure to over 500 delegates and partners of professionals in the hardware industry from […]

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13.03

bira believes that the Government has lost an opportunity to reform business rates.

bira understands that business rates raise £25bn – a valuable pot of money for the Treasury.  However, the Chancellors lack of action regarding making the system fairer completely contradicts statements made by the Minister for High Streets (Marcus Jones), who stated that the Government “need thriving high streets, strong independent retailers and local economies that […]

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10.03

Carl Kammerling International’s C.K tools Celebrates Major Apprenticeship Scheme Success

Bright Sparks has supported over 20,000 students since it launched in 2003 National Apprenticeship Week runs from 6th to 10th March 2017 As the tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, Carl Kammerling International’s C.K tools estimates more than 20,000 apprentices have passed through its Bright Sparks scheme since its launch in 2003. Designed to develop […]

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08.03

bira believes that the Chancellor’s Budget does not deal with the fact that business rates are fundamentally unfair.

The Chancellor has taken some responsibility in acknowledging that there is a problem by providing some relief for small businesses.  However, considering that the same re-evaluation has reduced the average bill for Amazon’s nine distribution centres by an average of 1.3% or £147,632 , it is scant consolation for small businesses that no longer qualify for […]

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06.03

UK’s independent retailers urge Hammond to listen to their solution to business rates reform, ahead of this week’s Budget

The long-delayed revaluation to business rates coming into effect on 1st April threatens the future of thousands of small retail businesses across the UK. This comes at the worst possible time with business uncertainty due to Brexit, National Living Wage and the depreciation of the pound, all affecting small retail businesses. The national association representing […]

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03.03

bira bank – Vehicle tax rates change for cars and motorhomes registered after 1 April 2017

bira bank wanted to make all members aware of the new vehicle tax rates affecting vehicle registrations from the 1st April 2017. There are no changes to vehicles registered before 1 April 2017. Vehicles registered after this date will have their tax calculated for the first year on CO2 emissions. After the first year the […]

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03.03

Marxman – The perfect drilling companion

The Marxman™ marking tool is a unique and simple idea to address a problem commonly encountered by professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. Accurately marking where to drill in hard to reach places Marxman Marking tool is a unique and cunningly clever new tool, designed to clearly, Quickly and easily mark a reference point on almost […]

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27.02

Are your deposits earning you as much as they could?

bira members have access to market leading savings rates You may be aware of the “almost negative” interest rates being paid by high street banks on their savings accounts with many of them currently looking to reduce these even further. bira bank want to make you aware that you have exclusive access to market leading […]

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24.02

Put Kasp to the test at Lockexpo 2017

Kasp®, the leading brand in security from Carl Kammerling International, will be showcasing its popular ranges at this year’s LockExpo 2017. Visitors to stand B18 are invited to ‘put Kasp to the test’ to see first-hand why the company has become a real force in the security market. Kasp will be displaying a selection of products […]

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24.02

Business Secretary and Ministers hold meeting with leading retailers

Alan Hawkins, bira CEO attended a vital High Level Retail Roundtable meeting with the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, along with Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility on 22 February.  Jane Ellison, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was also in […]

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23.02

Next Generation Technology comes to Carl Kammerling International

Carl Kammerling International has launched a pioneering range of next generation cable rods, which, featuring advanced technology, are set to enhance its already extensive range of cable routing tools. The C.K MightyRod PRO cable rods fuse a series of advanced technological features to deliver the ultimate in performance. Featuring SplinterSHIELD, a significant advancement in cable […]

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20.02

The Great Rate Debate goes on– bira amongst businesses fighting for complete reform

The headlines have been filled with news this week about the mounting pressure being put on the Government to reform the damaging business rates system. The British Retail Consortium, of which bira is a member, is among the signatories of a letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, challenging the intended new appeals process […]

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16.02

Drapers Spring into Summer Tool Promotion

Draper tools have launched their spring into summer promotion. With over 800 products to choose from & with over 300 new products in the range. Its still the only promotion where you choose your products and sell out prices from 830 products! Draper will print free of charge full colour A4 leaflets.(subject to minimum spends […]

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09.02

Don’t ignore your pension duties – it’s not worth risking your credit rating

The Pensions Regulator are beginning to see the first employers receive County Court Judgements (CCJs) for a failure to pay their automatic enrolment fines. This can happen if you persistently ignore penalty notices they send you. If you don’t pay the fine within 30 days of receiving the CCJ, it gets entered on your credit […]

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02.02

Make sure you visit bira directs newest supplier “Really Good” at Spring Fair

Come and visit the “Really Good” company at Spring Fair 2017 as they celebrate their 30th birathday – stand J14-K15 and get a free bar of Really Good chocolate! Exclusive Print! – Signed by Rachel Bright! On Monday 6th February Bright Side creator Rachel Bright will be joining us at the show to sign an […]

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02.02

Liteway offers a cost effective and eco-friendly solution to lighting domestic and commercial spaces

Established in 2006, Liteway is part of Pik a Pak, which was founded in 1988 and is available to all members through bira direct. Liteway is a professional lighting brand that designs, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of energy saving LED lamps. Our range is designed and engineered by certified LIA lighting professionals in […]

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30.01

Fashion industry boosted by strong signings at Moda

The UK fashion industry is preparing for a/w 17 to launch at Moda next month. Having bolstered its portfolio across womenswear, menswear, footwear, lingerie, swimwear and accessories, the Birmingham-based trade show will host one of its strongest editions to date with a mix of new and returning labels across all product categories. Notable additions this […]

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23.01

bira direct suppliers join forces for the first DIY sector at Spring Fair

bira DIY village As part of the launch of the DIY & Home Improvement sector in Hall 10 at Spring Fair this February, the bira DIY village will make it’s first ever appearance at the show. The Village will bring together a mix of bira direct suppliers for the DIY and home improvement industry. This […]

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09.01

Shop prices show first signs of upward trend

Figures released by the British Retail Consortium found an easing of shop price deflation in December. Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.4% in December, a deceleration from the 1.7% fall in the previous two months. Non-food deflation decelerated to 1.9%, down from 2.3% in the previous month. This is the weakest deflation rate since […]

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16.12

Independent fashion retailers in for a treat as Moda confirms strong line-up

Birmingham-based trade show Moda has confirmed a strong line-up across each of its five product sectors, making it a must attend event for independent fashion retailers. The UK’s most comprehensive fashion event will launch a/w 17 with a bolstered line-up for the new season and the development of each of its specific platforms targeting niche […]

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02.12

Over half of consumers expect price hikes

Verdict Retail’s latest poll of 2,000 UK consumers shows that the future consumer sentiment index has fallen once again, as all three components – views towards the economy, personal finances, and future retail spending – decline. The index plummeted 6.6 points on September, driven by a sharp 10.1 decline on the UK’s economic outlook index. […]

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02.12

Voicemail is costing independent retailers’ trade

Britain’s independent retailers are missing out on work because they are failing to answer their phone calls, and are instead letting them go through to voicemail. This means they are losing business at an early stage, as the majority of callers refuse to leave voicemail messages, according to new research. 69% of callers don’t leave […]

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25.11

bira CEO comment on Autumn Fair Statement

bira CEO, Alan Hawkins comments on the recent Autumn Fair statement: “We were not expecting much from the Autumn Statement and that is exactly what transpired, which is not surprising given the state of public finances.  Helping the economy through Brexit, I suppose, has to be a welcome sign that the government is realising that […]

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18.11

New startup bringing more shoppers into independents

A fast-growth ecommerce company called NearSt has just opened its platform to independent retailers across London. The website and app, which shows shoppers what’s in stock in stores nearby to order for collection or 1-hour delivery, was previously only available for bookshops. After a successful trial phase earlier this year, the company has announced it’s […]

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18.11

Highest Scottish Sales Growth Since December

The BRC has released it’s Retail Sales Figures for October 2016, with food sales rising for the second consecutive month.   David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium: “A better performance across most categories in October is reflected in the best like for like retail sales figures for 2016. Food sales continue to improve compared to a […]

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10.11

Winner of Saltex free prize draw announced

Saltex free prize draw has taken place and the winner has been announced Congratulations to Andrew Evans from Ieuan Evans & Son who was announced as the winner of the Saltex free prize draw. The draw was held on the BAGMA stand at Saltex. Andrew was chosen at random for the SIP Engine Driven Pressure Washer […]

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10.11

Fraud investigations for rebated fuel use

The Fraud Investigation Service (SI Scotland & NE England Oils) for the HMRC have been carrying out visits to dealers in the Yorkshire area of the country, picking up on the dealers collecting and delivering tractors to and from farms using red diesel and their own staff. In May of 2010 BAGMA sought clarification on […]

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09.11

UK towns battle it out for High Street Awards

Retailers across the UK are vying for votes in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. This year’s competition has seen a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the […]

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18.11

bira joins Small Business Minister at retail roundtable

Margot James hosted a retail roundtable last week with the UK’s top retail companies to discuss future opportunities. Alan Hawkins, bira CEO was there to represent the voice of the independent retailer. Small Business Minister Margot James chaired a roundtable on the 2 November 2016 with some of the country’s top retailers to discuss their […]

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09.11

Retailers benefit from resilient demand in Brexit fallout

The recent decline in the health of the UK retail sector ended in Quarter 3 2016, with demand proving resilient in the face of rising costs and shrinking margins. The figures are provided by The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT). Following its quarterly meeting on October 11th 2016, the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) has […]

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07.11

bira supports wok ‘n’ roll charity cook-off

Food poverty is a major issue in the UK, affecting both businesses as well as hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each day. Jeremy Pang’s School of Wok, an Asian specialist cookery school located in London’s Covent Garden, raised awareness of these two issues and encouraged both discussion and problem solving amongst local businesses, during […]

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03.11

More independent shops opening than closing

Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened slightly more shops than were closed in H1 2016 in Britain’s town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. This is a reversal […]

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01.11

Petrol, Gas, Battery or Electric?

Keith Christian was out and about with Calor and the Greengear team checking out some of the latest LPG powered equipment on offer. There is great choice in terms of what you can run equipment on nowadays and the decisions that can be made depending on what is required of that equipment. We have been […]

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28.10

Halloween retail spending to reach £472 million this year

A report by Verdict Retail reveals Halloween spending is likely to reach £472million this year, which is a smaller increase than in recent years. Here are their findings:   Attitudes and activities 57.5% of consumers feel that Halloween is a waste of money, while nearly three-quarters (72.3%) think Halloween has become far too commercial Last […]

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09.11

Spring Fair set to launch DIY Sector for Spring Fair 2017

Spring Fair, has announced the addition of an all-new DIY sector for the 2017 show, taking place at NEC Birmingham from 4-9 February. The DIY & Home Improvement sector will be strategically positioned next to Volume Gift & Home and Kitchen, Dining & Housewares. Brands confirmed to exhibit include some of the biggest suppliers in […]

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19.10

Let’s make it a date!

Monday 8 May 2017 is confirmed as the date for the bira National Conference and Awards at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. 2017 will see a totally refreshed and exciting programme incorporating high calibre speakers as well as independent revolutionists for a stimulating and educational day curated especially for independent retailers. The event will explore […]

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12.10

2016 set to be yet another difficult year for agricultural machinery

After a decrease in 2015, sales are expected to drop further in 2016. Brussels, 1 September 2016 – The European agricultural machinery industry is experiencing a difficult year in 2016. Following a decline last year, many markets in Europe have seen further decreases during the first six months of the current year. Agricultural machinery sales in almost […]

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06.10

The Excellence in Housewares 2016 winners are announced

Housewares ‘stars’ gathered in style to hear the announcement of the 2016 Excellence in Housewares Awards winners on Wednesday 5 October. Over 400 retailers and suppliers attended the ‘all singing and dancing’ awards night at London Lancaster with its exuberant Bollywood theme, complete with Bollywood dance sensations and music from sitah and dhol players. Awards […]

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05.10

Consultation on testing of fast tractors

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce roadworthiness testing for fast tractors used for commercial haulage and other changes to the MOT and goods vehicles testing regimes, more information can be found here. A consultation will run for 6 weeks so comments can be offered on the proposals. If you […]

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05.10

Landbased Technician Accreditation – Ten Years On

2017 marks the tenth anniversary since the introduction of the Landbased Technician Accreditation (LTA) Scheme which now has over 3000 industry members registered within it. To celebrate this achievement, the industry led Landbased Education Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC), who oversees the management of the LTA scheme is introducing a range of improvements designed to […]

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30.09

Rating List 2017

On 30th September the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) published the draft 2017 rating list containing details of new rateable values which will be effective from April next year. The VOA estimates the following regional changes for retail in England: North East -16%,  Yorks -11%, North West -15%, West Mids -11%, East Mids -5%, East -13%, South West -14%, South […]

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29.09

Rating revaluation – what it means for independent retailers in the UK

The new Rating List will reveal many winners and losers – broadly a northern gain and a southern loss.  With a harder and more complicated appeals process, preparing for receipt of 2017 rates bills will be difficult. However, for the businesses who face an increase in the bills, any rise will be capped at 5% […]

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02.09

Share what makes you happy at this season’s PATS

The PPRA, bira’s specialist division for pet product retailers, will be spreading a little happiness on Stand G59 at the biggest-ever PATS show.

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20.03

Inheritance tax risk from Govt pension fund

Those on Government-backed pension scheme, Nest, could be hit by taxes of up to 40%.  NEST’s maximum contribution cap will be lifted in April this year, allowing members to contribute the full annual allowance of £40,000pa. In addition, NEST will also open its doors for the first time to transfers in with a 0.3% annual charge. […]

By joannecooper | Read more

17.03

BHETA and bira tussle it out on the turf.

The industry’s two leading trade associations The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) and British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will come together again to present a friendly but, competitive networking, business and social occasion in the calendar by way of the ‘Tussle on the Turf’ golf event. The event is to be held on July […]

By paigehylton | Read more

06.03

UK’s independent retailers urge Hammond to listen to their solution to business rates reform, ahead of this week’s Budget

The long-delayed revaluation to business rates coming into effect on 1st April threatens the future of thousands of small retail businesses across the UK. This comes at the worst possible time with business uncertainty due to Brexit, National Living Wage and the depreciation of the pound, all affecting small retail businesses. The national association representing […]

By saraharnesen | Read more

30.01

Fashion industry boosted by strong signings at Moda

The UK fashion industry is preparing for a/w 17 to launch at Moda next month. Having bolstered its portfolio across womenswear, menswear, footwear, lingerie, swimwear and accessories, the Birmingham-based trade show will host one of its strongest editions to date with a mix of new and returning labels across all product categories. Notable additions this […]

By bira | Read more

16.12

Independent fashion retailers in for a treat as Moda confirms strong line-up

Birmingham-based trade show Moda has confirmed a strong line-up across each of its five product sectors, making it a must attend event for independent fashion retailers. The UK’s most comprehensive fashion event will launch a/w 17 with a bolstered line-up for the new season and the development of each of its specific platforms targeting niche […]

By bira | Read more

18.11

New startup bringing more shoppers into independents

A fast-growth ecommerce company called NearSt has just opened its platform to independent retailers across London. The website and app, which shows shoppers what’s in stock in stores nearby to order for collection or 1-hour delivery, was previously only available for bookshops. After a successful trial phase earlier this year, the company has announced it’s […]

By bira | Read more

Highest Scottish Sales Growth Since December

The BRC has released it’s Retail Sales Figures for October 2016, with food sales rising for the second consecutive month.   David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium: “A better performance across most categories in October is reflected in the best like for like retail sales figures for 2016. Food sales continue to improve compared to a […]

By bira | Read more

03.11

More independent shops opening than closing

Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened slightly more shops than were closed in H1 2016 in Britain’s town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. This is a reversal […]

By bira | Read more

28.10

Halloween retail spending to reach £472 million this year

A report by Verdict Retail reveals Halloween spending is likely to reach £472million this year, which is a smaller increase than in recent years. Here are their findings:   Attitudes and activities 57.5% of consumers feel that Halloween is a waste of money, while nearly three-quarters (72.3%) think Halloween has become far too commercial Last […]

By bira | Read more

09.11

Spring Fair set to launch DIY Sector for Spring Fair 2017

Spring Fair, has announced the addition of an all-new DIY sector for the 2017 show, taking place at NEC Birmingham from 4-9 February. The DIY & Home Improvement sector will be strategically positioned next to Volume Gift & Home and Kitchen, Dining & Housewares. Brands confirmed to exhibit include some of the biggest suppliers in […]

By bira | Read more

20.02

The Great Rate Debate goes on– bira amongst businesses fighting for complete reform

The headlines have been filled with news this week about the mounting pressure being put on the Government to reform the damaging business rates system. The British Retail Consortium, of which bira is a member, is among the signatories of a letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, challenging the intended new appeals process […]

By bira | Read more

09.01

Shop prices show first signs of upward trend

Figures released by the British Retail Consortium found an easing of shop price deflation in December. Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.4% in December, a deceleration from the 1.7% fall in the previous two months. Non-food deflation decelerated to 1.9%, down from 2.3% in the previous month. This is the weakest deflation rate since […]

By bira | Read more

02.12

Over half of consumers expect price hikes

Verdict Retail’s latest poll of 2,000 UK consumers shows that the future consumer sentiment index has fallen once again, as all three components – views towards the economy, personal finances, and future retail spending – decline. The index plummeted 6.6 points on September, driven by a sharp 10.1 decline on the UK’s economic outlook index. […]

By bira | Read more

18.11

Highest Scottish Sales Growth Since December

The BRC has released it’s Retail Sales Figures for October 2016, with food sales rising for the second consecutive month.   David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium: “A better performance across most categories in October is reflected in the best like for like retail sales figures for 2016. Food sales continue to improve compared to a […]

By bira | Read more

09.11

Retailers benefit from resilient demand in Brexit fallout

The recent decline in the health of the UK retail sector ended in Quarter 3 2016, with demand proving resilient in the face of rising costs and shrinking margins. The figures are provided by The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT). Following its quarterly meeting on October 11th 2016, the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) has […]

By bira | Read more

03.11

More independent shops opening than closing

Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened slightly more shops than were closed in H1 2016 in Britain’s town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. This is a reversal […]

By bira | Read more

28.10

Halloween retail spending to reach £472 million this year

A report by Verdict Retail reveals Halloween spending is likely to reach £472million this year, which is a smaller increase than in recent years. Here are their findings:   Attitudes and activities 57.5% of consumers feel that Halloween is a waste of money, while nearly three-quarters (72.3%) think Halloween has become far too commercial Last […]

By bira | Read more

30.09

Rating List 2017

On 30th September the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) published the draft 2017 rating list containing details of new rateable values which will be effective from April next year. The VOA estimates the following regional changes for retail in England: North East -16%,  Yorks -11%, North West -15%, West Mids -11%, East Mids -5%, East -13%, South West -14%, South […]

By bira | Read more

16.08

One in five employers missing auto-enrolment staging date

One in five employers is failing to sign its employees up to an auto-enrolment pension scheme, putting them at risk of hefty fines from The Pensions Regulator, according to figures released by AE master trust Now: Pensions. In the second quarter of 2016, Now: Pensions reported 21 per cent of the companies that signed up […]

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22.03

The paper £5 note will be withdrawn on 5 May 2017

Paper £5 notes, featuring Elizabeth Fry on the reverse, will be withdrawn from circulation on 5 May 2017.  They can be used normally until then. Some retailers, banks and building societies may choose to accept paper £5 notes after the withdrawal date, however this is at the discretion of the individual institution. The Bank of […]

By saraharnesen | Read more

17.03

A good time to check your water rates

On the 1st April 2017 the remainder of the UK water market will de-regulate following on from Scotland pioneering such a de-regulation back in 2008. This means that all businesses within England and Wales can, for the first time, choose which water supplier they want to use. Up until now only the very largest users […]

By kiranbains | Read more

13.03

bira believes that the Government has lost an opportunity to reform business rates.

bira understands that business rates raise £25bn – a valuable pot of money for the Treasury.  However, the Chancellors lack of action regarding making the system fairer completely contradicts statements made by the Minister for High Streets (Marcus Jones), who stated that the Government “need thriving high streets, strong independent retailers and local economies that […]

By paigehylton | Read more

08.03

bira believes that the Chancellor’s Budget does not deal with the fact that business rates are fundamentally unfair.

The Chancellor has taken some responsibility in acknowledging that there is a problem by providing some relief for small businesses.  However, considering that the same re-evaluation has reduced the average bill for Amazon’s nine distribution centres by an average of 1.3% or £147,632 , it is scant consolation for small businesses that no longer qualify for […]

By bira | Read more

06.03

UK’s independent retailers urge Hammond to listen to their solution to business rates reform, ahead of this week’s Budget

The long-delayed revaluation to business rates coming into effect on 1st April threatens the future of thousands of small retail businesses across the UK. This comes at the worst possible time with business uncertainty due to Brexit, National Living Wage and the depreciation of the pound, all affecting small retail businesses. The national association representing […]

By saraharnesen | Read more

24.02

Business Secretary and Ministers hold meeting with leading retailers

Alan Hawkins, bira CEO attended a vital High Level Retail Roundtable meeting with the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, along with Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility on 22 February.  Jane Ellison, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was also in […]

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20.02

The Great Rate Debate goes on– bira amongst businesses fighting for complete reform

The headlines have been filled with news this week about the mounting pressure being put on the Government to reform the damaging business rates system. The British Retail Consortium, of which bira is a member, is among the signatories of a letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, challenging the intended new appeals process […]

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09.02

Don’t ignore your pension duties – it’s not worth risking your credit rating

The Pensions Regulator are beginning to see the first employers receive County Court Judgements (CCJs) for a failure to pay their automatic enrolment fines. This can happen if you persistently ignore penalty notices they send you. If you don’t pay the fine within 30 days of receiving the CCJ, it gets entered on your credit […]

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02.12

Voicemail is costing independent retailers’ trade

Britain’s independent retailers are missing out on work because they are failing to answer their phone calls, and are instead letting them go through to voicemail. This means they are losing business at an early stage, as the majority of callers refuse to leave voicemail messages, according to new research. 69% of callers don’t leave […]

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25.11

bira CEO comment on Autumn Fair Statement

bira CEO, Alan Hawkins comments on the recent Autumn Fair statement: “We were not expecting much from the Autumn Statement and that is exactly what transpired, which is not surprising given the state of public finances.  Helping the economy through Brexit, I suppose, has to be a welcome sign that the government is realising that […]

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22.03

The paper £5 note will be withdrawn on 5 May 2017

Paper £5 notes, featuring Elizabeth Fry on the reverse, will be withdrawn from circulation on 5 May 2017.  They can be used normally until then. Some retailers, banks and building societies may choose to accept paper £5 notes after the withdrawal date, however this is at the discretion of the individual institution. The Bank of […]

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20.03

Inheritance tax risk from Govt pension fund

Those on Government-backed pension scheme, Nest, could be hit by taxes of up to 40%.  NEST’s maximum contribution cap will be lifted in April this year, allowing members to contribute the full annual allowance of £40,000pa. In addition, NEST will also open its doors for the first time to transfers in with a 0.3% annual charge. […]

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17.03

‘Making Tax Digital’ regime delayed for 12 months

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delayed the implementation of Making Tax Digital by at least 12 months for small businesses with turnover below the VAT registration threshold at the Spring Budget 2017. Making Tax Digital is a key component of the Government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right first […]

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A good time to check your water rates

On the 1st April 2017 the remainder of the UK water market will de-regulate following on from Scotland pioneering such a de-regulation back in 2008. This means that all businesses within England and Wales can, for the first time, choose which water supplier they want to use. Up until now only the very largest users […]

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16.03

Philip Hammond announces full U-turn on National Insurance hike for self-employed workers.

Yesterday, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a significant u-turn on the Government’s plan to hike National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed. A budget decision that was yet another blow to independent retailers up and down the country who own their own business. Mr Hammond wrote a letter to his party’s MPs saying that following a backlash […]

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13.03

bira believes that the Government has lost an opportunity to reform business rates.

bira understands that business rates raise £25bn – a valuable pot of money for the Treasury.  However, the Chancellors lack of action regarding making the system fairer completely contradicts statements made by the Minister for High Streets (Marcus Jones), who stated that the Government “need thriving high streets, strong independent retailers and local economies that […]

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08.03

bira believes that the Chancellor’s Budget does not deal with the fact that business rates are fundamentally unfair.

The Chancellor has taken some responsibility in acknowledging that there is a problem by providing some relief for small businesses.  However, considering that the same re-evaluation has reduced the average bill for Amazon’s nine distribution centres by an average of 1.3% or £147,632 , it is scant consolation for small businesses that no longer qualify for […]

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06.03

UK’s independent retailers urge Hammond to listen to their solution to business rates reform, ahead of this week’s Budget

The long-delayed revaluation to business rates coming into effect on 1st April threatens the future of thousands of small retail businesses across the UK. This comes at the worst possible time with business uncertainty due to Brexit, National Living Wage and the depreciation of the pound, all affecting small retail businesses. The national association representing […]

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03.03

bira bank – Vehicle tax rates change for cars and motorhomes registered after 1 April 2017

bira bank wanted to make all members aware of the new vehicle tax rates affecting vehicle registrations from the 1st April 2017. There are no changes to vehicles registered before 1 April 2017. Vehicles registered after this date will have their tax calculated for the first year on CO2 emissions. After the first year the […]

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24.02

Business Secretary and Ministers hold meeting with leading retailers

Alan Hawkins, bira CEO attended a vital High Level Retail Roundtable meeting with the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, along with Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility on 22 February.  Jane Ellison, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was also in […]

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20.03

Inheritance tax risk from Govt pension fund

Those on Government-backed pension scheme, Nest, could be hit by taxes of up to 40%.  NEST’s maximum contribution cap will be lifted in April this year, allowing members to contribute the full annual allowance of £40,000pa. In addition, NEST will also open its doors for the first time to transfers in with a 0.3% annual charge. […]

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03.03

bira bank – Vehicle tax rates change for cars and motorhomes registered after 1 April 2017

bira bank wanted to make all members aware of the new vehicle tax rates affecting vehicle registrations from the 1st April 2017. There are no changes to vehicles registered before 1 April 2017. Vehicles registered after this date will have their tax calculated for the first year on CO2 emissions. After the first year the […]

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27.02

Are your deposits earning you as much as they could?

bira members have access to market leading savings rates You may be aware of the “almost negative” interest rates being paid by high street banks on their savings accounts with many of them currently looking to reduce these even further. bira bank want to make you aware that you have exclusive access to market leading […]

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24.02

Business Secretary and Ministers hold meeting with leading retailers

Alan Hawkins, bira CEO attended a vital High Level Retail Roundtable meeting with the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, along with Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility on 22 February.  Jane Ellison, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was also in […]

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20.02

The Great Rate Debate goes on– bira amongst businesses fighting for complete reform

The headlines have been filled with news this week about the mounting pressure being put on the Government to reform the damaging business rates system. The British Retail Consortium, of which bira is a member, is among the signatories of a letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, challenging the intended new appeals process […]

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09.11

UK towns battle it out for High Street Awards

Retailers across the UK are vying for votes in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. This year’s competition has seen a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the […]

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07.11

bira supports wok ‘n’ roll charity cook-off

Food poverty is a major issue in the UK, affecting both businesses as well as hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each day. Jeremy Pang’s School of Wok, an Asian specialist cookery school located in London’s Covent Garden, raised awareness of these two issues and encouraged both discussion and problem solving amongst local businesses, during […]

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