Monthly Archives: October 2017

Changes to cheque clearing for business banking

New legislation to improve cheque clearing times will be introduced to the UK banking industry from 30 October 2017. Currently paper cheques are physically exchanged between banks. From 30 October 2017, Individual Banks will gradually begin to capture and exchange digital images of cheques with other banks. The time it takes to clear a cheque […]

bira expands to welcome independent health stores into membership

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is welcoming the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) and its members to join its family of independent retailers, all benefitting from the collective strength of membership. The NAHS has been working for its members since 1931 and it continues to be run wholly by retailers. The NAHS provide […]

SaveTheHighStreet Winner Announced!

Congratulations to SaveTheHighStreet winner Suzanne Nicol, who won £80,000 of advertising at the SaveTheHighStreet Conference last month. Suzanne runs, Sunshine No.1 in Glasgow. It is an independent art & gift shop showcasing a variety of Scottish art, gifts and cards. She is optimising for modern business by joining online and offline. She runs her bricks […]

11 business experts share lessons they’ve learned the hard way

Exciting as it is, the process of taking your business to the next level can present a few nasty surprises. Featuring advice from top CEOs, founders, writers and coaches, this roundup is your guide to avoiding the rookie mistakes. In our roundup, a range of bona-fide business experts give their two cents on the matter. […]

The Unexpected Benefits of In-store Public Wifi

There’s no doubt that the world is addicted to the internet. Many people are connected to the net all day, every day. This is something that some business owners are leveraging to their advantage. Many business owners focus on customer satisfaction as one of the major keys to success, yet so often these same business […]

Cyber Aware encourages a Tech Free 15

Cyber Aware encourage people to take a break from smartphones to improve wellbeing and cyber security With new research demonstrating the scale of smartphone use across the UK, the government’s Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging everyone to have a #techfree15 minutes to install their software and app updates, to protect themselves from cyber crime New data […]

Explosive growth of independent High Street stores in first half of 2017

Explosive growth of independent High Street stores in first half of 2017 compared to first half of 2016 Data released today by The Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened significantly more shops than in the same period last year, whilst the national chains continued to […]

Why invest in staff training?

It is easy to let employees’ training and development slide. In some cases, there always seems to be something more important which makes it go further and further down the list of priorities. In other cases, budgetary restrictions mean investing in staff is simply not possible. A failure to invest in this area is not […]