Monthly Archives: January 2020

Bira joins National initiative to Love Local on 14th February

Bira in collaboration with ShopAppy.com is encouraging people to support their local businesses on the 14th of February for ‘Love Local Day’ – Love Local Day is one of the first events for a national campaign declaring 2020 The Year to Support Local. Love Local Day will be centred on sharing the love of all […]

Bira partners with Sorbon Estates to support independent retailers

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is supporting independent retailers operating within Buckinghamshire-based Sorbon Estates by extending its complimentary membership offer for another year. The partnership recognises Shanly Group’s – Sorbon Estate’s commercial investment and development arm – 50th anniversary. First launched in 2018, the agreement allows retailers to benefit from more than 30 of […]

T & G Celebrates 45 Years!

Happy Birthday to T & G Woodware 2020 marks a milestone for Bira Direct Supplier T & G Woodware as they celebrate their 45th birthday. Since launching in 1975 they have have transformed from a woodware company into a lifestyle brand with quality design at the centre of everything they do. Their mission is to […]

UK gets ready to leave the EU

The UK  leaves the EU at 23:00 GMT today (Friday 31st January 2020). Prime Minister Boris Johnson will publish a video message to hail the “dawn of a new era” at 22:00. But how will Brexit affect independent retail businesses in the UK? Bira CEO, Andrew Goodacre comments: “After 3 years of uncertainty we will […]

Bira welcomes the Government’s decision to increase discount rates for small retailers

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed the Treasury’s decision to increase discount rates for small retailers from one-third to 50 per cent. Bira says the move will save members on average £12,000 per year. The victory follows Bira’s three-year campaign to review the outdated and unfair rates system. The increase in the level […]

Treorchy high street crowned ‘UK’s best’ in Great British High Street Awards

Treorchy has been crowned ‘High Street of the Year’, with ‘Rising Star of the Year’ awarded to The Square, Kelso in the Government-run Great British High Street Awards 2019, in partnership with Visa The high streets, commended for innovation and community engagement, win £15,000 for the local community Champion and Rising Star high streets across […]

Online retail on the rise over the Christmas period?

The Christmas period, as well as the lead up to it, is an important time for retailers. As one of the busiest periods of the year and just after the Black Friday rush, business owners all over the UK have been busy packaging orders, marketing their Boxing Day sales and re-stocking their inventory. But has […]

Villeroy and Boch introduces new range in Ambiente

2020 is the year of the moon and you too can take advantage of it’s pull: Villeroy and Boch launch the NewMoon trend collection. Experience the unique design of their new trendy icon live at Ambiente and be inspired! Villeroy & Boch can help boost your retail success: Benefit two fold: NewMoon can be beautifully […]

Supplier of the month CPC

The Pro-Elec range from CPC consists of over 5000 products tailored to meet your everyday electrical requirements The Pro-Elec range of home electricals has been engineered to provide the same high performance and high quality offered by premimum brands, but at a substantially lower price. Rigorous manufacturing and testing ensures full compliance and complete reliability […]

Cloud Cart – online ordering is now available from Amefa

This January, Amefa are ringing in the New Year with the launch of their brand new online ordering service. Allowing retailers to browse and shop an incredible portfolio of products at their own convenience, users will have 24/7 access to place orders whenever it suits them. The service is initially being rolled out to existing […]

What have Bira been up to in January?

Working with Scottish Retail Consortium to retain Uniform Business Rates due to the proposal to allow local authorities in Scotland to set their own rates. We have submitted a response to a general consultation and done a joint letter to all MSPs (Members of Scottish Parliament). We think this is important because we fear that […]

The new £20 note – February 2020

The Bank of England will introduce the new polymer £20 note as legal tender into circulation on 20 February 2020. From the 20th February 2020, a new polymer £20 note (below) will be put into circulation as legal tender. It will run concurrently with the paper £20 note until it is withdrawn from circulation. The […]

Bira Bank launches new vehicle brands

BIRA BANK IS starting the year with more savings for Bira members who want a competitive interest rate loan to purchase new vehicles at discounted prices. Following research on which brands Bira members are interested in, the bank has partnered with PSA Group and FCA Group, which handle vehicles from Peugeot, Citroën, Fiat, Fiat Professional, […]

Bira teams up with EKM to help bricks-and-mortar independents sell online

Bira has teamed up with ecommerce specialist EKM to provide members with a trusted way to build an online presence while supporting their bricks-and-mortar retail business. Preston-based EKM has helped over 80,000 businesses create their own successful online shop. Members who sign up will receive everything they need to run a transactional website, including a […]

New Bira Direct supplier- Dot & Dab Wall Fixing Solved

Dot and dab wall construction (plasterboard over block or brick) represents approximately eighty per cent of the preferred wall construction method in the UK. With Corefix, the fixing from Metex, hardware retailers can stock the solution for hanging heavy items onto these wall types and they have just joined Bira Direct as a supplier, offering […]