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Tackling retail violence

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10.07

Tackling retail violence

Violence against staff is a huge problem for retail. Figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show that around 115 workers are attacked daily. Bira has co-signed a letter to the Government alongside other retail groups to persuade them that more needs to be done to prevent violence towards shop staff. We have made the […]

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04.07

£1million given to Councils for knife test purchasing

The Offensive Weapons Act has now received Royal Assent, which means it shouldn’t be long before it is law. With the Local Government Association (LGA) saying that in some areas 60% of shops are selling knives illegally, it is time for retailers to sharpen up their policies and staff training. The government has given £1million […]

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20.05

MPs take their enquiry into business rates to Birmingham to hear from independent retailers

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, MP (Chair of the Treasury Committee) alongside MPs Steve Baker, Alison McGovern and Clive Betts (Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee) brought the Treasury Committee’s enquiry into business rates to Birmingham today, to speak to a number of independent retailers at the British Independent Retailers Association’s […]

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16.05

Offensive Weapons Act receives Royal Assent

New legislation paves the way for Knife Crime Prevention Orders   The Offensive Weapons Act has today (Thursday 16 May) received Royal Assent, bringing in tough new measures that strengthen law enforcement’s response to violent crime. The Act will make it illegal to possess dangerous weapons in private, including knuckledusters, zombie knives and death star […]

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07.05

Over 275 brands to be seen at Exclusively 2019

Momentum is building for the 2019 Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical. It’s the housewares show not to be missed. There’s an outstanding show lined up with 32 fantastic new exhibitors bringing the show total to 149 exhibitors. The myriad of exciting new exhibitors will bring a fresh dynamic to the show and are sure to […]

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30.04

Treasury Committee brings its Business Rates inquiry to Birmingham to hear from independent retailers

The Treasury Committee together with the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) are hosting an event about Business Rates and the effect they have on independent retailers and our high streets, on the 20th May. The event will bring together a number of business associations, businesses of all sizes, sole traders, as well as the committee members, […]

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21.03

ONS reports encouraging retail sales figures but it isn’t a time to feel confident

Following the year on year 4% rise in retail sales reported by the Office of National Statistics today, Andrew Goodacre, CEO of the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), says: “The positive results for retail sales growth in February are encouraging and will certainly be a help to many struggling retailers. The surprising warmer weather will have […]

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04.04

Business rates in Scotland – April 2019

The principles of  business rates in Scotland are broadly similar to the rating systems in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All non domestic properties are given an assessment (rateable value) which is equivalent to an annual rental value. The last revaluation took place in 2017 and the next revaluation is scheduled for 2022. Business Rate […]

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14.03

Government focused on implementing Making Tax Digital

In his Spring Statement 2019 speech, the Chancellor reinforced that the mandatory digital record keeping for businesses with annual revenues above the VAT threshold (£85,000) will come into force from 1st April 2019. Philip Hammond called this an “important first step in this modernisation of the tax system to which the Government remains committed”. Making Tax Digital (MTD) […]

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04.03

High Street 2030 report backs Bira’s ideas

BIRA’S LONG-STANDING ARGUMENT that business rates need replacing has been endorsed by MPs in a report, High Streets and Town Centres in 2030. Describing business rates as “increasingly outdated and far from ideal”, the 78-page document from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee states: “We believe that high streets and town centres can survive, […]

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