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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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bira Conference 2018 sessions confirmed
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bira Conference 2018 sessions confirmed

Breakout sessions entitled Grow, Innovate and Challenge, which proved so popular in 2017, are being revived at the bira Conference 2018.

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bira fights card scheme fees
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bira fights card scheme fees

The case against increased credit and debit card fees was put by bira president Vin Vara on the main BBC-TV news bulletins on 13 January. In a piece filmed at one of his Toolshop branches, Vin highlighted that Mastercard and Visa had each increased a range of charges to retailers recently.

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Smith and Low still motoring along
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Smith and Low still motoring along

Cowley has been a centre for British car making for more than 100 years and Smith & Low’s links with the huge local factory go back more than 70 years.

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Glasswells revamps its flagship
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Glasswells revamps its flagship

Glasswells, the bury St Edmunds-based, family-owned, home furnishings specialist, will complete a massive reconfiguration of its flagship this year when the atrium of its Newmarket Road store is overhauled.

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