Monthly Archives: November 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]