Monthly Archives: October 2018

Member Vin Vara speaks up about high street challenges on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire

Vin Vara, bira member and Owner of the Toolshop, joined Kate Ancketill, retail expert and Founder of GDR Creative intelligence and Dr Helen Watts, Consumer Psychologist at Worcester University to discuss challenges in retail after Debenhams announced it will be closing up to 50 shops. Topics covered on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show included high […]

JEGS website is moving to Qualtex

In order to give you the best possible customer experience the decision has been made to close downthe JEGS Trade website, on Tuesday October 23rd, and direct this to the Qualtex site. This will give you access to the full JEGS products range, any new products and the full Qualtex product range. This site also […]

Members and even bira’s former CEO receive gongs at the glittering Excellence in Housewares Awards

400 suppliers and retailers from across the housewares sector attended this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards. The deserving winners, which included Potters Cookshop, who won a hattrick of awards, were recognised for their formidable achievements across product and retail. Former CEO Alan Hawkins was also thrilled to receive the Honorary Achievement Award. The event, organised […]

The fight continues as the House of Commons debate bira’s Business Rates Proposal

This week, independent retailing champion Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP took bira’s proposal for a £12,000 allowance for small businesses, instead of the current threshold to the House of Commons for an Adjournment Debate answered by Mel Stride MP – the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. This vital debate for independent retailers focused […]

Have the largest retailers given up on shop theft?

ANTI-SHOP THEFT CAMPAIGNER Neil Mackay is urging bira, through its membership of the British Retail Consortium, to keep up the pressure on large retailers to report stealing from stores to the police. He believes statistics surrounding shop theft are very inaccurate as many retailers no longer bother to report incidences of stealing, largely because police […]

Opening a new door in Lisburn

WHEN ROAD IMPROVEMENTS meant customers could no longer drive up to the front door of the Smyth Patterson department store in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, the company decided to create a new entrance at the rear. Work was started in July and the new entrance is scheduled to be finished before Christmas. The scheme also includes […]