Can you be a Rainy Day Trust volunteer?
The Rainy Day Trust is here to help people who work or have worked in the housewares, DIY and garden centre industries. We need a whole range of different volunteers to help us deliver our work. From being a workplace ambassador to carrying out home visits to some of our most vulnerable beneficiaries, we have lots […]
Independent retailer exceeds previous years’ annual online turnover in just one month!
It’s been another disappointing year for the high street, but there has been some very good news for one independent retailer. Sarah at Artichoke has seen her profits soar, despite the declining footfall, and recounts how in just one month she exceeded her previous year’s entire online annual turnover! These are huge statistics and Sarah […]
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 […]
Current Business Issues
Daniel named best store for toys
DANIEL IN WINDSOR was named Department Store Toy Retailer of the Year 2018 at the recent Toy Industry Awards ceremony. The independent department store also won the prestigious accolade in 2015. Daniel Department Store’s Toy Kingdom is the heart of the family-run store in Windsor. The Daniels understand the importance of education, learning and imagination […]
NAHS celebrates a year with Bira
The National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) is celebrating its first anniversary, following its collaboration with The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) in 2018. The NAHS has been working for its members since 1931 and it continues to be run wholly by retailers. The NAHS provides specialist support and representation for independent health stores. In order […]
Want to join the bira board?
BIRA WOULD WELCOME members nominating themselves to join its Board of Management for 2019-2021. Retailers from many sectors and from all over the country make up the board, which guides the vital work bira does for the independent community. If you want to offer your input to bira’s activities and policies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to […]
Members to receive the bira membership magazine every two months in 2019
In 2019 members will receive bira magazine every two months. We have taken the decision to reduce the frequency of the title from 10 issues a year in an effort to reduce costs. We will continue, however, to focus on delivering a high-quality publication offering insight to the retail sector and information to help independent […]
bira’s magazine and newsletter are officially award-winning!
bira’s membership magazine, as well as the membership newsletter came away with silvers at the annual Association Excellence Awards, held at the Kia Oval in Kennington, London on Friday 12 October. Some of the team behind the magazine and newsletter attended the event and were delighted to celebrate the honours after picking up the two silver […]
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 […]
Members and even bira’s former CEO receive gongs at the glittering Excellence in Housewares Awards
400 suppliers and retailers from across the housewares sector attended this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards. The deserving winners, which included Potters Cookshop, who won a hattrick of awards, were recognised for their formidable achievements across product and retail. Former CEO Alan Hawkins was also thrilled to receive the Honorary Achievement Award. The event, organised […]