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12.08

Exclusive Bira benchmarking index available to all Bira members – where do you rank?

The Bira index, which benchmarks the social media performance of all Bira members, has just been made available to all Bira members. As an exclusive benefit to Bira members, the Bira index helps our members benchmark their social media performance against all other Bira members, allowing all members to benefit and learn from each other. […]

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01.08

Bira’s priorities for the new Prime Minister

Following Boris Johnson’s rise to Prime Minister, The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is challenging the Government to resolve some of the ongoing issues that are burdening independent businesses, in order to ensure the future of our high streets. We are urging the new Prime Minister to: Find a Brexit solution that works for independent […]

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27.06

Meet your new National President

Howard Pullen of Howard Pullen Machinery in Loxwood, West Sussex succeeded Surinder Josan of All Seasons DIY, in Smethwick, West Midlands, as Bira National President at the Bira AGM on the 20th June. Howard is the second member of the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association (BAGMA), which is a part of the Bira family, […]

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23.05

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 […]

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10.05

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 […]

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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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06.03

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 […]

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19.02

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 […]

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14.01

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 andrew.goodacre@bira.co.uk to […]

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14.01

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 […]

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