Monthly Archives: March 2017

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]