Monthly Archives: August 2020

Stax Trade Centres launches new big brands event online

During a time where many businesses across the UK are having to adapt to a new way of operating, wholesale giants Stax Trade Centres have unveiled their plans to take one of their most popular annual trade shows online.    Stax’s Big Brands Show has been running in excess of 20 years, offering customers exciting […]

High street retail ‘still under considerable pressure’, says Bira

Bira is warning that high street retail is ‘still under considerable pressure’, following new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggesting its in recovery. Positive data from the ONS has been interpreted to suggest high street trade is improving post-lockdown. However, Bira’s CEO, Andrew Goodacre, said this is misleading. “Any retail sales growth […]

Bira: Local authorities road closures are ‘accelerating the decline of the high street’

Local authorities across the UK are ‘accelerating the decline of the high street’ with unnecessary road closures, according to Bira. We’ve been inundated with your calls concerned that post-lockdown accessibility issues are significantly impacting trade. We are now working hard to help you address these problems, and to bring the issue to the attention of […]

Second Self-Employment Income Support Scheme launched

The Government has launched its second stage of its Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Yesterday (August 17), it was announced that millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570 – as the Government continues to help drive the UK’s recovery. […]

England: Further restrictions lifted tomorrow

Remaining aspects of England’s culture, sport, leisure and business sectors will be permitted to reopen from this weekend. The plan set out in the ‘roadmap to recovery’ which was paused for two weeks will resume from tomorrow (Saturday, August 15) in England – except for specific areas where local restrictions are in place. The following […]

Stop press! Your next Bira magazine is on its way

The next edition of the Bira membership magazine has gone into production. With a projected delivery date of August 27, this magazine celebrates members’ creativity, tenacity and determination during lockdown and beyond. Cover star Hellen Stirling-Baker of Small Stuff in Sheffield tells us about the innovative ways she’s been boosting business during the pandemic. Elsewhere, […]

Retailers urged to sign up for new leadership scheme

More details have been released about the new leadership programmes for small business owners. The fully-funded scheme has been launched by the Small Business Charter with the backing of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to help small and medium-sized businesses to survive and thrive beyond Covid-19. The Small Business Leadership Programme […]

Extra support needed for retailers to meet rent demands, says Bira

‘Positive action’ is needed to help retail businesses meet rent demands as they continue to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, Bira has said. It is backing the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) proposals for a Property Bounceback Grant, after exclusive research revealed independent retailers were concerned about paying their rent while trade struggled to return to […]

Bira’s ‘thank you’ to government’s #ShopLocal Week

Bira is thanking the Government for launching its #ShopLocal Week. The #ShopLocal campaign, which started on Monday (August 10) and runs until Sunday, August 16, aims to celebrate the British high street by encouraging customers to return to their safe, local shops, supporting the local economy and local jobs. Bira has been supplying its members […]

Retailers missing out on millions in unallocated council cash

Retail businesses are missing out on millions of pounds of unallocated local authority grants, according to Bira. It has been revealed that emergency coronavirus funding for firms will go back to the Treasury at the end of the month if it is not claimed. It is believed £1.5 billion of the £12bn still remains in […]

Social Distancing Kits Supplier Adds Summer Sale POS

Bira’s preferred supplier of social distancing signage and screens has added a range of summer sale POS to their offering.  The new designs still incorporate key important social distancing signage as a secondary message but now have a focus on drawing customers in to your shop to see your summer sale items. Ranging from simple […]

Leadership programmes for SMEs launched

Two new programmes for small businesses have been launched. Both programmes aim to support business leaders survive and thrive post-COVID. Small Business Leadership Programme Make your business more resilient Boost business performance and growth Create an innovative and agile organisation Recover from the impact of COVID-19 Plan for the future of your business Build leadership […]

StopCOVID Proximity App Launched in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 contact-tracing mobile phone app has become the first in the UK to launch. StopCOVID Proximity App aims to help prevent the further spread of infections by informing people when they have been in contact with an individual that has received a positive coronavirus test. The app will advise them to self-isolate, breaking […]

Local restrictions introduced in Aberdeen

Following an increase in coronavirus cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions have been introduced, including the closure of indoor and outdoor hospitality. Taking effect from 5pm on Wednesday 5 August, bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs have been required by law to close. Hotel restaurants can remain open to provide food for existing guests, and takeaway services […]