Monthly Archives: July 2019

Members nominated for Excellence in Housewares Awards

Following industry-wide nominations from both suppliers and retailers, plus a day-long panel meeting to analyse and debate the housewares retail sector, the finalists for the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 retail categories have now been announced and Bira members are in the running. and Progressive Housewares’ editor, Jo Howard enthused: “We are thrilled to present an inspirational […]

Disappointing figures for the quarter

Our latest sales figures show an average fall of -2.94% for independent retailers compared to the same three months last year. Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK compared to April, May and June in 2018. East Anglia was the only region reporting that sales had increased marginally, by an average of 1.32%. The […]

New Wine Club Available to Bira Members

Bira Direct is excited to announce the launch of a new wine club, available from Berkmann Wine Cellars. Members can benefit from an award-winning portfolio of over 2,500 wines and spirits from across the globe at trade prices. Berkmann Wine Cellars have been supplying wines of outstanding quality character to the trade since 1964. This […]

Employee claims rise for the second year running

The latest round of Employee Tribunal statistics has now been released – giving employers a full year picture to compare against the year prior. Broadly speaking, the findings are as expected, with the overall claims trajectory continuing in much the same way as it has been since employee tribunal fees were abolished back in 2017. […]

Bira joins Down Your High Street to celebrate bricks and mortar retailers that trade online

Independent retailers came together last week at the OXO Tower in London to celebrate the ongoing success of the national online selling platform – Down Your High Street, alongside event organisers Network & Chill and partners The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). With workshop sessions from DYHS supporter Mark Hayes, stylist on ITVs Lorraine and […]

Tackling retail violence

Violence against staff is a huge problem for retail. Figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show that around 115 workers are attacked daily. Bira has co-signed a letter to the Government alongside other retail groups to persuade them that more needs to be done to prevent violence towards shop staff. We have made the […]