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10.10

The fight continues as the House of Commons debate bira’s Business Rates Proposal

This week, independent retailing champion Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP took bira’s proposal for a £12,000 allowance for small businesses, instead of the current threshold to the House of Commons for an Adjournment Debate answered by Mel Stride MP – the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. This vital debate for independent retailers focused […]

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09.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck. In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the government […]

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12.10

Have the largest retailers given up on shop theft?

ANTI-SHOP THEFT CAMPAIGNER Neil Mackay is urging bira, through its membership of the British Retail Consortium, to keep up the pressure on large retailers to report stealing from stores to the police. He believes statistics surrounding shop theft are very inaccurate as many retailers no longer bother to report incidences of stealing, largely because police […]

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12.09

bira takes its business rates proposal to the Houses of Parliament

bira presented its plan for business rates reform to MPs at the Houses of Parliament this week. bira asked MPs to consider changing the current £12,000 threshold to an allowance, as a much-needed short-term solution. It is bira’s belief that an allowance would help the majority of small retail businesses and make the difference between […]

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19.07

No new tribunals for bira members in 2018

Things are always changing in the field of employment law; shifting rules, regulations and standards can often leave employers feeling confused and frustrated which can lead to costly mistakes for those who don’t take professional legal advice, with one outcome being taken to tribunals. One of the biggest changes in recent years was the decision […]

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12.04

Government Serious Violence Strategy announced

Home Secretary Amber Rudd today (Monday 9 April) sets out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs through the Government’s first Serious Violence Strategy. Commissioned by the Home Secretary and backed with £40m of Home Office funding, it marks a major shift in the Government’s response […]

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23.02

Automatic Enrolment Messages for Employers

Employers – you need to tell The Pension Regulator how you’ve met your automatic enrolment duties. Find out how today. Over 1 million employers have now completed AE, but over the next six months there are still over 200,000 who will need to complete their duties and tell The Pensions Regulator how they have done […]

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28.02

April 2018 Contributions Increases

This April will see the start of increased pensions contributions for employers and their staff. The total minimum contribution will rise from 2% to 5% and then to 8% in April next year. Increasing minimum contributions should be a straight forward task for you to do but there are a number of checks you will […]

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19.01

The Darwin £10 note is almost extinct – Are you ready?

The Bank of England will withdraw legal tender status of the paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin at 23:59 on Thursday 1 March 2018. With 6 weeks to go, all businesses that handle cash need to plan and prepare for the change. After 1 March 2018, businesses and the public no longer have to accept […]

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17.01

Card surcharging outlawed: What it means for retailers

Adding a surcharge when customers pay using a credit or debit cards is no longer permitted. Most retailers won’t have ever charged a fee so won’t be affected, as they have chosen to always absorb the cost for accepting card payments. The biggest sectors to be affected will be hospitality, travel and airlines etc. However, […]

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