14 Sep 2021

Brexit costs, business rates and more on agenda with Biz Minister

The burden of costs as a result of Brexit was one of the top topics of conversation when Bira met Business Minister Paul Scully.

Business rates reform, the growing problem of debt for indie retailers post-pandemic, and future strategy for the high street was also on the agenda.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira CEO, said:“Bira held a productive meeting with the Business Minister earlier this month.

"This is part of our regular meetings with the Minister and we discussed a range of important topics from future retail strategy and business rates reform. In reality, we both agreed that the two topics are very closely aligned. Bira is very much part of the debate in developing high streets of the future and will continue to fight for the future of our members.

"These meetings are important as we build up to Chancellor’s autumn statement that has now been set for October 27."

A report of a previous meeting with Paul Scully can be found here

In a separate meeting of Bira's Legal and Policy Committee (LPAC), they met Labour Frontbench MP Alex Norris.

The discussion focused on retail crime and the need for the relevant authorities to truly recognise the problem in retail in general. Laws relating to the sale of knives and the inevitable costs for retailers was also dicussed. Details of the new Offensive Weapons Act here

Once again, business rates reform was on the agenda.

Andrew said:”LPAC is an important part of Bira as campaign on behalf of members. The meeting with Mr Norris was both informative and productive. When campaigning for positive change and support for independent retailers it is important to engage with both the Government and the Opposition.”

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