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Plastic bag levy to win bira's backing
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Plastic bag levy to win bira's backing

Independent retailers are expected to support the government’s desire to extend the 5p levy on plastic bags to small shops as well as major retailers, bira believes.

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Fighting for independents’ rights against big retailers & online sellers
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Fighting for independents’ rights against big retailers & online sellers

As part of its ongoing strategy to speak up for the thousands of small- and medium-sized business owners who contribute so much to the economy of the UK, bira is in direct contact with The Competition and Markets Authority, the government body tasked with ensuring markets work in the interests of consumers.

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Wellgosh in Leicester reaches its 30th anniversary
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Wellgosh in Leicester reaches its 30th anniversary

One of the UK’s select group of “premier league” menswear independents, Wellgosh in Leicester reaches its 30th anniversary this summer. Pete Turner is celebrating by expanding the store once again.

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A new year, and the search for a new CEO begins
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A new year, and the search for a new CEO begins

With Spring around the corner and those January Sales behind us, hopefully we can all start focusing on the year ahead, while perhaps enjoying some decent margins.

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Shows promise a positive buzz
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Shows promise a positive buzz

A generally positive attitude from buyers is expected at shows in February after a promising start was noted at Top Drawer at Olympia on 14-16 January.

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Shop theft is not a minor crime
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Shop theft is not a minor crime

Shop theft will remain high on bira’s policy agenda despite a nation-wide tendency for police to down-grade the crime. The association is determined to maintain pressure on government to accept that stealing from retailers is a serious, dangerous and costly menace.

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