26 Aug 2021

Bira CEO visits members in the West Country

Bira's CEO Andrew Goodacre met with the West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris as part of a visit to the region. 

Andrew spent a day in the Bristol area earlier this month, meeting both with members and the Metro Mayor.

The day began with a visit to a John Brown Hardware, in Nailsea, Bristol, where Andrew chatted to manager Joe Fordham. He then moved on to the village of Thornbury, and lifestyle store and coffee shop Papilio at Heritage, where he met owners Tabi and Gary Marsh. It is here, Andrew also entertained Mr Norris, who was keen to find out more about independent retail and how the Mayoral office could help support the high street ((pictured, below).





The day was conclued with a visit to Wild Oats, a health food shop, in the Clifton area of Bristol, where he met owner Mike Abrahams. The store celebrated 40 years of trade last December. Read more here

Andrew said: "I had a great time visiting three members in the Bristol area. The enthusiasm of the retailers and their employees never fails to impress me. I left each business convinced that independent retailers continue to be an integral part of a vibrant high street.

"Whilst in the area I also met with the Metropolitan Mayer for the region. We had a productive discussion about the ongoing support for independent retailers and high streets in general. I left the meeting reassured that the Mayor will do what he can to put independent retails at the forefront of planning and any proposed changes to the high street."

Earlier this month, Bira welcomed its new partnerships with Metro Mayor - of which this visit was a part. Read more about that here

Next Bira is planning to meet with representatives from the office of Andy Burnham, the Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

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