Monthly Archives: February 2020

New immigration points system – what you need to know

Bira’s legal partner Ellis Whittam tells you all you need to know about the Government’s new immigration points system Now, as the transition period plays out, the government has finally unveiled how its ‘Australian-style’ points-based immigration system will work in practice. With immigration one of the driving forces behind the Brexit referendum and a key […]

New Toast shop will offer its customers 135 different spreads

Braintree’s newest coffee shop will open on Saturday 21st February during a grand opening ceremony. MP James Cleverly is set to cut the ribbon around 10am to mark the official launch of Toast on High Street. The new cafe offers customers the chance to choose from 135 different spreads to put on a slice of […]

Government consultation on increasing the number of Changing Places Toilets

Last summer the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consulted on increasing the provision of large, well-equipped disabled toilets, known as Changing Places Toilets in public places in England. Although the website at that link says the consultation has closed, the background documents are available there and we have recently reopened a Survey […]

Severe flood warnings across the UK

As of Wednesday 19th February, the government has announced six severe flood warnings with danger to life and 126 flood warnings where immediate action is required across the UK. Hundreds of locations have already been affected by the heavy rain-falls. Key locations for the most severe flood warnings currently include: River Lugg at Hampton Bishop […]

Bira Bank’s vehicle loan promotion is now live

Bira Bank, the provider of affordable, reliable and personal finance for Bira members, has announced that their vehicle loan promotion is now live. If you are looking to make your next vehicle purchase affordable and want to avoid the pitfalls surrounding PCP finance, Bira Bank is here to help you. Hurry, these promotional rates will […]

Product of the month – T&G Woodware

Inspired by traditional British blooms and our respect and need to look after flowers and insects, swap out the everyday with this new range to brighten the kitchen for Spring. This blooming beautiful range of ceramic storage pieces includes store jars, utensil/bottle pot, butter dish, jug, round dish, salt and pepper shakers, FSC® certified beech […]

Supplier of the month – Masons Timber Products

Masons Timber Products is the one-stop-shop for home improvement products. With over 80 years’ experience Masons Timber Products is one of the UK’s leading suppliers in the DIY, Merchant and Manufacturing sectors offering excellent service and value for money. Their product range includes mouldings, sheet materials, chipboard, plywood, gates and fencing. A comprehensive range of […]

ESG announce new webstore

Bira Direct supplier ESG – Eurosonic Group are excited to announce the launch of their brand new webstore. The new webstore will make it easier for members to browse products and and manage their orders and invoices online, saving valuable time. Once logged in members can browse and order from the whole product range from […]

Hug Rug Launch New Range Made Entirely from Waste Plastic

Yorkshire-based manufacturers Phoenox Textiles have released their new Hug Rug Sense range, a collection of luxury mats and rugs. But Sense is more than your average rug collection, it is the latest sustainability innovation from the creators of Hug Rug, who have been crafting homewares from recycled products for over 10 years. Made entirely from […]

Bira Direct launches new supplier House Name Plate Company UK

The House Nameplate Company are the UK’s leading supplier of personalised house signs and letterboxes to the High st. They have a turn around time frame of 5-7 working days from point of order to customer receipt of order using a tracked delivery. Additionally they supply house digits, lettercages, pet memorials, H&S signage, non personalised […]

Bira’s message to the new Chancellor

Bira is asking the new Chancellor of the Exchequer to honour pledges made by his predecessor. Bira is calling upon Rishi Sunak to retain plans for business rates reform, and for the implementation of a digital services tax so that large internet businesses pay more. Yesterday (Thursday, February 13), Mr Sunak was appointed Chief Finance Minister following […]

New Bira Direct Supplier Flambeau Europlast

Bira Direct are excited to welcome new supplier Flambeau Europlast, a UK manufacture of plastic mouldings with products across building, nursery, craft and storage ranges. Stadium Stadium Building Products are regarded as a market leading supplier for ventilation and building products. Stadium have been supplying many of the industry’s top retailers with high quality, innovative […]

Bira Members meet Mary Berry at Spring Fair with Captivate Brands

Several Bira members had the pleasure of meeting Mary Berry, as she launched her new Signature collection and English Garden Collection through Bira Direct supplier Captivate Brands. Managing Director of Bira Direct, Jeff Moody said, “It was fantastic to see so many members interact with Mary as she explained the ranges and answered any questions. […]

New Wineries for Berkmann Wine Cellars

Bira Direct supplier Berkmann Wine Cellars introduce new wineries from Greece, Georgia and Italy. Berkmann wine’s have paid special attention to the environmental impact their products have and have introduced a new rating system which identifies those suppliers who go above and beyond in their approach to environmental and social responsibility. “There has never been […]

SIP announce possible price changes for April 2020

Bira Direct supplier SIP announce possible price changes for April 2020 Dear Valued Customer, After careful analysis of additional material and overhead costs SIP Industrial Products have encountered, we are writing to you to inform you that some SIP products may increase in price. A full price review will be conducted in the immediate future, […]

Bonnington’s service update

Bira Direct supplier Bonningtons have issued an statement to customers regarding the Coronavirus and how it may effect trading this year. “To all of our customers, We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support last year. We hope you did not notice any change in service levels with our move to our […]

Campaign victory for Bira as Scottish Parliament votes to retain Uniform Business Rates

Bira has welcomed the decision by Scottish Parliament to retain the Uniform Business Rates (UBR). MSPs overwhelmingly rejected plans to devolve rate-setting powers to the country’s 32 local authorities at Holyrood on Tuesday (February 4). They voted 103 to 10 against the move. Bira has been campaigning to save the UBR alongside the Scottish Retail Consortium […]

QSM Q4 2019 – Christmas trading down for most

Sales were up for Books & Toys, Music, Computer & Telecoms and Health Store retailers between October and December 2019, but all other sectors have seen a drop. The overall picture from Bira’s exclusive Quarterly Sales Monitor (QSM) for the fourth quarter of 2019 is one of disappointment, with the vast majority of the figures […]