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06.05

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – updated 29.05.2020 On Friday 29th May the Government announced an extension to cover a further three months of earnings – but at a rate to match the furlough scheme. The changes include: Individuals can continue to apply for the first SEISS grant until 13 July. Under the first grant, eligible individuals can claim […]

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06.05

Bounce Back Loan

The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the […]

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04.05

Social Distancing Kits

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04.06

Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport in England

Bira is urging its members to stock up on face coverings after the Government made them mandatory for use on public transport from June 15 in England. Tonight, Grant Shapps, Minister for Transport, announced that from mid-June, anyone travelling on public transport will be required to wear non-medical face coverings. Last month, Bira teamed up […]

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03.06

Business rates revaluation postponed in Wales

Bira has welcomed the decision by the Welsh Government to delay the revaluation of business rates.  The announcement follows a similar ruling made in England on May 6, which saw the Government scrap a bill to revaluate business rates in 2021. The decision to postpone the revaluation in England, made following pressure from Bira and […]

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25.03

Restrictions lifted to help traders during Covid-19 outbreak

Plastic bag charge The 5p plastic bag charge for online deliveries to speed up hygienic food distribution during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. The plastic bag charge was introduced in England in October 2015 to reduce plastic waste. This waiver was announced on Saturday, March 21, and is one in a series of measures being enforced by the UK […]

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03.06

Bira’s guide to help retailers reopen with confidence

Bira has created a simple guide to help independent retailers open again with confidence later this month. The 5-step guide to Covid-secure reopening takes members through what they need to do to be safe and compliant ahead of reopening on June 15. It also contains valuable guidance for those already allowed to trade – steps […]

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03.06

Low footfall and consumer confidence top of members’ concerns

Low footfall and a lack of consumer confidence are some of the biggest concerns of Bira members ahead of reopening on June 15. We conducted an exclusive members’ survey to gauge your feelings ahead of the reopening of non-essential retail later this month. Of those respondents, almost 50% said they planned to reopen on June […]

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25.03

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs  Eligibility You are eligible if:  your business is based in England  you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR   you are a business that occupies property  How to access the scheme You do not need […]

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02.06

Changes to the furlough scheme explained

On Friday (May 29), Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced some major changes to the Government’s furlough scheme. The scheme, which was set up in March following the outbreak of Covid-19 will end in October, and is being phased out gradually. But what does that mean for you and your employees? Here’s what you need to know […]

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25.03

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.  The Government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to pre-lender cap on claims) to give lenders […]

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01.06

Retail sector guidance published for Scotland

The Scottish Government has published its retail sector guidance to help prepare retail businesses to reopen. The guidance is applicable to all retailers in Scotland with immediate effect and includes the proposal that stores of all sizes will be able to open up to 800m squared of sales area from ‘Phase 2’ of their lockdown […]

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24.03

Regional Support

Government links For members in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland it is advisable to keep updated on the latest government advice from your devolved government websites. For Scottish Government updates click here.  For Welsh Government updates click here.  For Northern Irish Executive updates click here. 

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25.03

Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000 and under will receive a grant of £10,000.  Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.  Eligibility You are eligible for the grant if:  your business is […]

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25.03

Business Rates Relief

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.  Eligibility You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:  your business is based in England  your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector  Properties that will benefit from […]

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29.05

Furlough scheme update – phased end to government scheme

Business will be expected to contribute to the Government’s furlough scheme from September, it has been announced. Chancellor Rishi Sunak made the statement as part of the daily Covid-19 briefing tonight (Friday, May 29). From August, employers will be expected to pay for the National Insurance and pension contributions towards their employees wages. In September, […]

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25.03

Coronavirus Guidance

We’ve compiled Government and employment law advice and guidance for businesses and employers regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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24.03

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and more

What about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme? Updated 01.06.2020 The Chancellor announced on 20 March 2020 a new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that will allow all UK employers to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. As of 12 […]

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24.03

Employer/Employee Support

Employment allowance There is support for small businesses available during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Small employers with a National Insurance bill of £100,000 or less qualify for the Employment Allowance.  This will be expanded from April to £4,000 per small business, enough, for example, to fund the National Insurance employer contributions in total for four employees on […]

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29.05

Could there be changes to the Government furlough scheme?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to make an announcement about official changes to the furlough scheme imminently. It has been indicated he will ask businesses to contribute to their employees wages from August – approximately  20%. Under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme launched in March, employers can claim 80% of furloughed staff’s wages, up […]

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28.05

Bira welcomes £50m fund to prepare high streets for shoppers return

Bira has welcomed a new £50m boost to help local authorities prepare high streets for reopening. High Streets Minister Simon Clarke announced the fund for councils to help their local high streets get safely back to business earlier this week. The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help local authorities in England introduce a range […]

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24.03

Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

VAT For VAT, the deferral will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.  Eligibility All UK businesses are eligible.  How to access the scheme This is an automatic offer with no applications required. Businesses will not need to make a VAT payment during this period. Taxpayers will be given until the end of […]

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26.05

Ready to reopen? Don’t forget your risk assessment

Independent retailers will only be able to open from June 15 if they have completed the required risk assessment, the Government has warned. The advice follows last night’s announcement that non-essential retailers will be able to open again following the countrywide lockdown which started on March 23, 2020. The risk assessment will need to be […]

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24.03

Talking to your local authorities

Business Rates & Hardship Fund Your local authorities are those responsible for the administration of business rates.  The government has announced that they will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.  Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax […]

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25.05

Non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen from June 15

Non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen from Monday, June 15, it has been announced tonight (Sunday, May 25). Boris Johnson said that car showrooms and street markets would be able to open from next week, followed by other retailers a fortnight later in the next phase of restriction lifting. However, Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre […]

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24.03

Existing Supplier Support

Business Insurance Commercial insurance – updated 25.03.2020 Most commercial insurance policies are unlikely to cover pandemics or unspecified notifiable diseases, such as COVID-19. However, those businesses which have an insurance policy that covers government ordered closure and pandemics or government ordered closure and unspecified notifiable disease should be able to make a claim (subject to […]

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22.05

Free webinar will show you how to work safely

Independent retailers are invited to a free webinar about how to make your workplace covid-secure. The Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting the online event on Thursday, May 28, from 11am. This webinar is designed to be relevant for shops and branches: • This guidance covers shops that are currently […]

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24.03

Bank support

Get access to financial support If you feel the impact of COVID-19 will cause your business to struggle financially, it is a good idea to speak to your bank about the options you have as soon as possible. Our advice is that prevention is better than cure and that you are in a better position knowing the […]

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21.05

Restrictions to start being lifted in Scotland

Garden centres will be allowed to reopen in Scotland from next week under the first phase of restrictions being eased. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today that garden centres and recycling facilities will allowed to reopen, and outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, tennis and bowls will be permitted again from May 28. Outdoor […]

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24.03

HMRC Support

HMRC Support Available HMRC support relating to your business during the coronavirus – Time to pay service If you have any concerns and fears about not being able to pay your tax bills as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) then we recommend you contact Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as you may be eligible […]

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23.03

Free Temporary Membership Support Package

This temporary membership is being provided to give retail businesses access to nearly all our membership benefits and use what they need to help them to get through some horrendously difficult months ahead, including the ability to quickly sell your products online and educational content to help you to market online.  Important: Access to our Bira […]

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20.05

When can you claim for Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)?

Bira members looking to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments for employees absent because of Covid-19 will be able to do so from next week. HMRC’s new online portal will launch next Tuesday, May 26, as part of the Government’s package of support measures for small and medium-sized businesses affected by the pandemic. This […]

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23.03

How you can help us help more retailers

Explore and share your options Bira members have access to crucial services that could be beneficial to your business at this critical time. Now more than ever, independent retailers like you may need our support and guidance. It’s important that you explore and share all of the services that are freely available to you through your […]

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20.05

Bira and the London Mayor urge retailers to help make face coverings widely available

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is working in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to ensure hardware stores and other retailers can meet demand for face coverings. The joint effort follows London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s advice – and that of central government – that users of public transport, and places where social distancing […]

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19.05

Boost to business support for retailers in Northern Ireland

Bira members in Northern Ireland could be eligible for extra support after a further £213m rates package for businesses was announced today (Tuesday, May 19). Finance Minister Conor Murphy says the funds are in addition to the £100m scheme announced in March which gave all businesses a three month rates holiday. The new scheme, developed with […]

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14.05

Bira calls for clarity over government’s reopening guidance

Bira is calling for more clarity over new government guidance on the type of shops which can now reopen. According to a new document, homeware stores can now reopen along with garden centres, as of yesterday (Wednesday, May 13). The move follows Boris Johnson’s televised address to the nation on Sunday revealing a phased exit […]

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14.05

Global Payments rates reduction

Bira has stepped up its support package for its members during the coronavirus crisis. Bira is boosting its offering to members by negotiating a better deal for users of card processing service Global Payments. Members can now take advantage of greatly reduced credit card rates, and removal of PCI Compliance Fees – worth at least […]

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13.05

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – what you need to claim it

The Government’s online portal to claim from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened this morning (Wednesday, May 13). Anyone eligible for this scheme should have received notification from HMRC via a letter, text message or email. To make an application, claimants will need: Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) – if you do not […]

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12.05

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to open

The online portal to apply for the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13). Those who may be eligible for the scheme should have received a text, letter or email from HMRC with details of the application process. It is understood that, if successful, the claim will be paid by May […]

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12.05

Furlough scheme extended until October

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until October. The announcement was made in Parliament this afternoon and means the Government will continue to pay 80% of wages, to a maximum of £2,500 a month, for furloughed staff. However, from August to October there will be greater flexibility so furloughed employees […]

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11.05

Reopening indies must be part of first phase of exit plan, says Bira

‘Independent retail businesses can offer a safe shopping environment and will help keep people within their local communities’, says the head of Bira. Andrew Goodacre is calling for small independent shops to reopen during the first phase of lifting lockdown restrictions outlined in government documents this afternoon (Tuesday, May 11). He says that a shop’s […]

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10.05

Shops could reopen from June 1, says Boris Johnson

Independent retailers could be allowed to reopen from June 1, Boris Johnson said in a televised statement tonight (Sunday, May 10). The Prime Minister set out tentative steps to ease the countrywide lockdown in his address to the nation. As part of the announcement, he said shops could be able to reopen from June 1 […]

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07.05

Warning over furlough scheme ‘errors’

Small retail businesses are warned they could have to pay thousands back to HMRC for making errors on applications for the Government’s furlough scheme, according to an accountancy journal. A report in Accountancy Today says that many small business applications includes the cost of their Employer’s National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for furloughed employees. However, for […]

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06.05

No revaluation of business rates in 2021

Bira has welcomed today’s government announcement that there will be no revaluation of business rates in 2021. The move – following pressure from Bira and Altus Group – will help reduce the uncertainty for firms affected by the impact of Covid-19. Legislation had been introduced to bring the next revaluation forward by one year from 2022 to 2021, but following the recent economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic Ministers said they want […]

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06.05

Join free webinar on consumer behaviour

Bira members can gain an insight into how consumer behaviour, feelings and shopping habits have changed during the Covid-19 lockdown, in a free webinar.  As part of Rare Consulting’s Foresight Series of online presentations, members are invited to join the conversation tomorrow (Thursday, May 7, 2020) at 11am. The aim of the webinar is to […]

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05.05

Bira supports top-up scheme for local business grant funds

A new scheme to top-up local business grant funds has been welcomed by Bira. Bira has been pressuring the Government to go further in its grant scheme to accommodate small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. In response, Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced an extra £617m would be made available […]

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04.05

Government’s bounce back loan scheme now open

The Government’s new bounce back scheme, offering 100% taxpayer-backed loans for the UK’s smallest businesses, is now open. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the scheme last week. The scheme officially opened this morning and offers firms loans of up to £50,000 within days of applying. To access the loans – free of capital […]

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30.04

Revaluation of business rates postponed following pressure from Bira

A government plan to bring forward the next revaluation of business rates to April 1, 2021, has been shelved following pressure from Bira. Bira joined other heads of the retail sector in demanding that Chancellor Rishi Sunak withdraw ‘disastrous’ legislation, which was due to be discussed on Wednesday (April 29). However, on Monday (April 27), […]

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29.04

Bira’s CEO shares possible exit strategy

Brave, customer-focussed retailers who work closely with others in their community are most likely to survive in post-lockdown UK, according to Bira’s CEO. Andrew Goodacre has shared his thoughts for a possible exit strategy for the retail industry calling for restrictions to be first lifted for smaller shops and businesses. It comes as pressure mounts […]

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28.04

Bira welcomes 100% Government-backed loans for smallest businesses with bounce back loan scheme

Bira has welcomed a new Government bounce back scheme to offer 100% taxpayer-backed loans for the UK’s smallest businesses. Last night (April 27), Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the scheme would start next week offering firms loans of up to £50,000 within days of applying. To access the loans – free of capital […]

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