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Discounts cost you more than you think – and won’t win you loyal customers
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Discounts cost you more than you think – and won’t win you loyal customers

As tough trading and the imminent festival of price-cutting that is Black Friday approaches, bira members are being urged to think carefully about the real consequences of embarking on the discounting route.
“Turnover is vanity. Profit is sanity”

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Early bird discount for Oxford Summer School courses
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Early bird discount for Oxford Summer School courses

The Oxford Summer School (OSS) has set up an early bird discount for some of its best-regarded programmes for 2018. For those booking a place on either next year’s Foundation or Masters programmes before 31 December, the delegate fee will be held at the 2017 rate.

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New indies shape the look of the new GB high street
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New indies shape the look of the new GB high street

Some 288,259 independent businesses were analysed in the research, which covers activity in the first half (H1) of 2017. Despite a widespread assumption among some media and even from politician and consumers that “independents do not exist anymore”, they still account for 65% of all retail and leisure units in Great Brit-ain, the same as in H1 2016.

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Female retail managers suffer from gender pay gap
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Female retail managers suffer from gender pay gap

New research from The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has revealed the gender pay gap for managers working for large firms in the retail sector is 19.4%, an average of £4,315 a year.

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Independents drive high street growth
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Independents drive high street growth

As multiples continued to close branches, openings by small retailers showed an encouraging leap in the first half of this year. INDEPENDENT RETAILERS INCREASED their numbers across Great Britain by an impressive +762 shops (+0.27%) in the first half of 2017, according to the latest report by the Local Data Company (LDC) and bira.

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bira strengthens with a healthy new partnership
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bira strengthens with a healthy new partnership

The bira community does not stop growing. We are delighted to welcome the members of the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) to our number.

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