Monthly Archives: November 2019

Conservatives listen to retailers in pledge to cut business rates

Bira welcomes the Conservatives proposal to support our high streets if they are re-elected. After a three-year campaign, Bira is pleased to see a significant reduction in rates proposed and a fundamental review of rates. Bira has been working with the Government over that past three years to offer a solution to the outdated and […]

What will the future of the high street look like?

SMILEY MOVEMENT CIC, the non-profit arm of the original Smiley® fashion brand is hosting its final Smiley TALK, Future of the High Street for 2019 on Thursday 21st November in London in partnership with the Charity Retail Association. Following a string of well-attended Smiley TALKS in Brighton, Cambridge and London throughout the year, these free […]

London Business School Announces Scrub Daddy as the Winner of the Alexander Fleming Serendipity Award

The London Business School held their annual dinner and awards ceremony, The Real Innovation Awards, last week in the centre of London. The celebration highlights the real heroes and stories that make innovation happen. They know innovation can be haphazard, slow and serendipitous, and rarely follows a smooth straight path. Innovation calls for tenacious and […]

QSM Q3 2019 – Summer sales slump

Sales were up for Cards, Stationery, Crafts and Hobbies, Department Store and Books & Toys, Music, Computer/Telecoms independent retailers between July and September 2019, but all other sectors have seen a drop. The overall picture from Bira’s exclusive Quarterly Sales Monitor (QSM) for the third quarter of 2019 is one of disappointment, with the vast […]

Independent retailers respond to the findings of the government’s inquiry into business rates

Bira welcomes the results of the government’s inquiry into business rates, but is disappointed with the recommendations for reform. The report is clear about the current business rates system needing reform by removing complexities, incentivising investment and changing the Check Challenge Appeal process, which Bira agrees with. Andrew Goodacre, CEO of Bira, said: “It is […]