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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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16.01

Parliament votes down the Government’s Brexit deal

Last night we saw Parliament vote down the Government’s Brexit deal. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March. The response to this historic commons defeat is to have a no-confidence vote which nobody expects to succeed. Can politicians […]

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04.01

New music app set to save the high street £1,000s

New music app offers businesses great music without the need to purchase a music licence. On the 6th December music specialists Amazing Instore, the service providers behind bira music store launched their new app designed exclusively for businesses that want great background music without the need to purchase a music licence. Specialists in providing music to […]

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16.11

Stars: Underlines 2018 – the winners revealed

Renowned cabaret destination, Café de Paris, was the spectacular venue for the 10th edition of Stars: Underlines Best Shop Awards. 300 guests from the intimate apparel, swimwear and legwear industries met for a star-studded evening, sponsored by LYCRA® fibre, celebrating 60 years in 2018 and hosted by leading b2b publication, Underlines Magazine. The 2018 event […]

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01.11

Government introduces tough new measures to prevent acid attacks

Retailers encouraged to sign up to Voluntary Agreement to support the fight against these crimes As the Government introduces tough new measures to prevent acid attacks, including a two year sentence for anyone caught carrying sulphuric acid above 15% concentration without a licence, it is important for independent retailers who stock and sell such products […]

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29.10

Welcome news for the high street as Government announces rates reduction

It is welcome news for the high street that the Government is going to reduce business rates by up to a third for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or below.  The current threshold of £12,000 only helps the smallest of shops, so this will make a real difference. As the Chancellor, Philip Hammond […]

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25.10

Member Vin Vara speaks up about high street challenges on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire

Vin Vara, bira member and Owner of the Toolshop, joined Kate Ancketill, retail expert and Founder of GDR Creative intelligence and Dr Helen Watts, Consumer Psychologist at Worcester University to discuss challenges in retail after Debenhams announced it will be closing up to 50 shops. Topics covered on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show included high […]

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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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19.10

Changes to HSBC and Global Payments crediting timescales

MEMBERS WHO BANK with HSBC and receive next-day cleared funds will have received a letter recently explain-ing changes to their next-day crediting scheme. Transactions will now appear at 11am the next day, rather than 9am, which is the current arrangement. Those members who bank with HSBC but are not on next-day cleared funds will have […]

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