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13.02

Don’t miss out on a rates reduction- take action now

Members could miss out on a reduction in their business rates if they don’t contact their local authority or council to find out how the reduction will be applied. Bira have become aware of a lack of uniformity in the way local authorities are implementing the hard-fought 30 percent discount for businesses with a rateable […]

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31.01

Home Secretary announces new police powers to tackle knife crime

Action to be taken against retailers found selling knives to children £500k funding for Trading Standards to prosecute retailers who repeatedly sell knives to under 18s New Knife Crime Prevention Orders will give police more powers to stop people carrying knives Further measures introduced to target early intervention with a new phase of #knifefree The […]

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30.01

Pet shops protest at strict new rules

Bira has made representations to DEFRA to voice the concerns of pet shop owners who are critical of new regulations that came into force on 1 October 2018. The new Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) regulations replace several laws dating back to 1925. Now any business in England selling live animals or boarding cats or dogs […]

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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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