07 May 2021

Bira member shares 'tools you need to build a business' with The Sun

A Bira member has shared his ideas on 'the tools you need to build a business' with a major national newspaper.

Vin Vara, who runs The Tool Shop in London, championed small independent businesses and Bira in The Sun.

The feature was a joint initiative by Bira and The Sun to raise the profile of indies and their importance in helping the economy recover post-Covid.


Vin's top tips included:

  • Listen to your customers’ needs, and make sure your business is Covid-secure.
  • Regularly review your buying patterns and cashflow.
  • Get involved in some community events.
  • Support your local high street. For every £1 you spend, 63p stays local to help your community.
  • Do you not usually shop locally? Commit to buying at least one item a month for the next few months and encourage friends and family to do the same. %Cannot see what you need locally? Shop online with a small firm elsewhere.

 Read the article here

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