Monthly Archives: May 2017

Two weeks to nominate Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme, until 29th May. The Programme increases awareness of the diverse range of opportunities for women in retail, by shining the spotlight on role models, inspiring more women to consider a career in retail. Digital development is the hot prediction for 2017, with […]

Nationwide Movement is Sweeping the UK in an Effort to Save The High Street

Global corporates, industry bodies, startup innovators, media, and independent retailers are together rolling out an industry-wide programme to support and empower hundreds of thousands of independent local businesses.   From May 2017, SaveTheHighStreet.org and Industry Leaders such as AppearHere, Bink, British Independent Retail Association, CityHouseMedia, CitySprint, emocial, Enterprise Nation, Google Digital Garage, Iconeme, Interactive Media […]

Championing Independent Retail with Key Learnings from the bira Conference

Independent retail is vital to the UK economy and something we are extremely passionate about protecting. That’s why we were delighted to have Brightpearl, the retail management platform provider as a sponsor at the bira Conference and Awards, celebrating the best of what UK independent retail has to offer. Below Brightpearl lays out the key […]

Businesses urged to protect themselves from further cyber attacks

In light of the recent global cyber attack on both public and private sector organisations, the Government Department NCSC  lay out guidance and support to inform retailers on how you can protect your business from cyber attacks. bira would like to draw your attention to the below statement and guidance provided by the NCSC: Since […]

Providing Quality and value to bira members

Drabest UK may not have been on your suppliers list radar before but they should now. As part of the Drabest Group, a genuine power house of European aluminium and steel manufacturing, Drabest UK are able supply great quality access products with value in mind along with a people feel to their customer service, with […]

Stax Trade Centres named ‘Supplier of the Year’

Leading UK multi-channel wholesaler, Stax Trade Centres walked away with the coveted ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at bira’s annual conference and awards ceremony. The event was held at Bristol’s Marriott Royal Hotel on Monday 8th May and was attended by a host of notable and respected figures from the retail community. The ever-popular conference […]

The finest talent from the world of independent retail celebrated

The finest talent from the world of independent retail celebrated at the bira national conference and awards 2017 The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) national conference and gala awards dinner took place at the Bristol Marriott Hotel on Monday 8 May. The annual bira awards represent an opportunity to showcase the very best of the […]

Even into Brexit headwinds, independent retail sees strong first quarter, data shows

British Independent Retailers Association finds increased sales and store openings in Q1 2017, at a rate of 4 new stores per day Vend announces competition for retailers to win £20,000 worth of software and services to nurture fledgling growth London, UK – 9th May 2017 – Data released today by cloud-based point of sale software […]

Leading Independent Baby Brand Appoints Big Business Commercial Head

JoJo Maman Bébé, the UK’s leading independent multi-channel brand servicing the needs of discerning new parents, announces the appointment of Gwynn Milligan as Commercial Director on the day that Founder & CEO Laura Tenison gives a keynote speech at the bira’s (British Independent Retailers Association) annual conference. Laura says, “I launched JoJo 24 years ago […]

Independent retailers opened more shops than they closed in 2016.

Still a nation of shopkeepers – traditional independent retailers opened more shops than they closed in 2016. Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent retailers opened more shops than were closed in 2016 in Britain’s top 500 town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. […]

Planning summer holiday cover

Most of us want to enjoy the summer with family and friends, or perhaps take a couple of weeks away from it all and have an exotic holiday in the sun. But employers need to think about balancing the needs of employees to rest and recharge their batteries with the needs of the organisation to […]

Enesco shortlisted for Greats

Company shortlisted in the Best Service to the Independent Gift Retailer Category by The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2017 The Greats Awards recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers across the retail spectrum. All retail finalists were decided as a result of an industry-wide poll of gift suppliers, reps and agents and validation by […]