Monthly Archives: November 2018

Independent retail hit by a loss of -1,554 units in first six months of 2018

Data released today by the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) and the Local Data Company (LDC) shows that independent retailers opened significantly more shops in H1 2018 than in the same period last year. However, a record number of stores were closed over the same period. This resulted in a total decline of -1,554 shops (-0.5%) – a significant […]

HMRC writes to firms ahead of Making Tax Digital for VAT

Ahead of the rolling out of Making Tax Digital for VAT in April 2019, HM Revenue and Customs has started writing to select businesses eligible to join the Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has revealed that an initial 20,000 letters have been distributed to firms eligible to join […]

Working hard to support your business growth

At bira direct, adding value to our members is the reason we exist. Once you’re a member we strive to support your business throughout your membership. Right now, we’ve got a big focus on helping you drive more people to your shop with our Footfall drivers campaign and this will continue to be a focus […]

Budget 2018 provides clarity for Making Tax Digital VAT threshold

Chancellor Philip Hammond used his Budget 2018 speech to offer clarity to the UK’s army of small businesses regarding the upcoming implementation of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT returns. From 1st April 2019, small businesses with a taxable turnover exceeding the VAT registration threshold will be required to file digital VAT records via MTD-compatible […]

Stars: Underlines 2018 – the winners revealed

Renowned cabaret destination, Café de Paris, was the spectacular venue for the 10th edition of Stars: Underlines Best Shop Awards. 300 guests from the intimate apparel, swimwear and legwear industries met for a star-studded evening, sponsored by LYCRA® fibre, celebrating 60 years in 2018 and hosted by leading b2b publication, Underlines Magazine. The 2018 event […]

A rip roaring new website for bira direct supplier Horwood

A star is born in the Horwood constellation: a rip roaring, new website Horwood are thrilled to announce the launch of their new transactional website! This is part of an exciting line-up of changes running through the company recently: in the past few months they’ve opened the doors to the new showroom at HQ in […]

Retailers purchasing from JEGS/Qualtex through bira direct awarded GOLD Membership

bira direct are delighted to see the new commitment JEGS/Qualtex are offering bira members. Jeff Moody, Managing Director of bira direct announces: “With immediate effect, all retailers purchasing from JEGS/Qualtex through bira direct are awarded JEGS/Qualtex GOLD Membership.  A level of increased customer service, which is usually offered only to those who regularly purchase a high volume […]

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) carries out spot checks

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has been carrying out spot checks on employers across the UK to make sure they are complying with their workplace pensions duties. Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme (AE) audits are giving employers confidence that their processes and procedures comply with this complex legislation and is helping them avoid fines. Executive Director of Automatic […]

Reduced carriage paid minimum order values from Churchill China

Churchill China are always looking to help independent retailers in many ways. They supply a great range of products from Bone china and Fine china mugs to dinner sets and gift lines and constantly updating their ranges. They also recognise that the independent retailer is a key customer and want to continue to innovate with […]

New bira direct Supplier Hug Rug

Hug Rug – brought to you by Phoenox Textiles, a British manufacturing company, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. We have been manufacturing home textiles since 1954 and are proud to say we are a truly British manufacturer, we produce over 80% of our products at our two mills in Yorkshire and ethically source the rest […]

Government introduces tough new measures to prevent acid attacks

Retailers encouraged to sign up to Voluntary Agreement to support the fight against these crimes As the Government introduces tough new measures to prevent acid attacks, including a two year sentence for anyone caught carrying sulphuric acid above 15% concentration without a licence, it is important for independent retailers who stock and sell such products […]