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20.03

Home & Gift Harrogate to go ahead, say organisers

Home & Gift Harrogate will go ahead as planned, organisers have told Bira. The show has been a key date in the retail calendar for 60 years, bringing the retail industry together and allowing buyers and brands to meet, share and do business. Clarion Events, the organisers behind Home & Gift, have today confirmed that […]

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10.03

South East Essex Branch Meeting Minutes

Meeting                Bira South East Essex Branch   At                                The Springhouse, Springhouse Road, Corringham.                                     South East Essex Branch   Date                            Tuesday 21st January 2020   Present                       Ron Huelin (Chairman)           – Retired Member Maureen Huelin (Secretary)   – Retired Member Roy Dedross (Treasurer)         – Retired Member Don Lang                                – F.G. Lang (Grays) Ltd Dave Baskerville                     […]

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06.03

Bira’s five-point plan to Save Our Shops (SOS)

A five-point plan to Save Our Shops (SOS) has been issued by Bira. It’s the key feature of Bira’s forthcoming manifesto which focuses on what can be done to better support independent retail businesses and minimise the burden on them. Bira is asking for the following: Urgent business rates reform – the current system is outdated […]

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05.03

Call for emergency business fund to support coronavirus-hit independent retailers

Bira is calling for the Treasury to set up an emergency business fund to help those affected by coronavirus. The plea comes as part of Bira’s statement to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of next Wednesday’s Budget. Bira is calling for a number of measures to support small retail businesses through the coronavirus emergency including: An immediate increase […]

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14.02

Bira’s message to the new Chancellor

Bira is asking the new Chancellor of the Exchequer to honour pledges made by his predecessor. Bira is calling upon Rishi Sunak to retain plans for business rates reform, and for the implementation of a digital services tax so that large internet businesses pay more. Yesterday (Thursday, February 13), Mr Sunak was appointed Chief Finance Minister following […]

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06.02

Campaign victory for Bira as Scottish Parliament votes to retain Uniform Business Rates

Bira has welcomed the decision by Scottish Parliament to retain the Uniform Business Rates (UBR). MSPs overwhelmingly rejected plans to devolve rate-setting powers to the country’s 32 local authorities at Holyrood on Tuesday (February 4). They voted 103 to 10 against the move. Bira has been campaigning to save the UBR alongside the Scottish Retail Consortium […]

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24.01

Bira partners with Sorbon Estates to support independent retailers

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is supporting independent retailers operating within Buckinghamshire-based Sorbon Estates by extending its complimentary membership offer for another year. The partnership recognises Shanly Group’s – Sorbon Estate’s commercial investment and development arm – 50th anniversary. First launched in 2018, the agreement allows retailers to benefit from more than 30 of […]

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28.01

Bira welcomes the Government’s decision to increase discount rates for small retailers

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed the Treasury’s decision to increase discount rates for small retailers from one-third to 50 per cent. Bira says the move will save members on average £12,000 per year. The victory follows Bira’s three-year campaign to review the outdated and unfair rates system. The increase in the level […]

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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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11.10

Excellence in Housewares Awards Winners 2019

Celebrating the winners of The Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019. Organised by Progressive Housewares magazine in conjunction with Bira, the Excellence in Housewares Awards night took place at the Royal Lancaster London on October 2, when nearly 400 movers and shakers of the housewares industry gathered to celebrate into the early hours.  Awards host was […]

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07.10

The 25 best small shops in the UK are announced

After hundreds of entrants, thousands of consumer votes and a panel of industry experts, the top 25 Best Small Shops in the UK have been announced and Bira member Arragons Cycle Centre, in Penrith is in the running. Entries for the Best Small Shops competition opened on the 4th of July 2019, to coincide with Independent’s […]

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03.10

The Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Bira members amongst the winners at the 2019 Excellence in Housewares Awards Organised by Progressive Housewares magazine in conjunction with Bira, the Awards night took place at the Royal Lancaster London where nearly 400 movers and shakers of the housewares industry gathered to celebrate into the early hours. Awards host was popular televised comedian Stuart […]

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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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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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25.10

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 […]

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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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11.10

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 […]

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08.10

Opening a new door in Lisburn

WHEN ROAD IMPROVEMENTS meant customers could no longer drive up to the front door of the Smyth Patterson department store in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, the company decided to create a new entrance at the rear. Work was started in July and the new entrance is scheduled to be finished before Christmas. The scheme also includes […]

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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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25.04

Global Payments terminals notice

Due to an overnight update on the Global terminals, some terminals may have frozen. This is limited to very few members being affected but unfortunately we cannot identify who they are. Therefore, if you have experienced any problems with your terminal today, please contact Global Helpdesk on 0345 7023344 and select the option for your […]

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18.04

Not long left to book bira’s conference and awards

New to the line-up is a not to be missed session by members Aspire Style alongside an informative panel discussion on the future of payments Join members on Thursday 10 May at bira’s conference and awards, the informative and entertaining event specifically for the independent retail sector. Taking place at the Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island, […]

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11.04

Reserve your place at the bira conference and awards

There is not long left to reserve your place at this year’s bira conference and awards, the informative and entertaining event every independent retailer should attend. On Thursday 10 May retailers, suppliers and industry partners will come together at the Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island, Leicestershire to celebrate everything that is great about the sector and […]

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05.03

John Fewings, Honorary President of Home Hardware passes away

Home Hardware is very sad to announce that John Fewings, Honorary President of Home Hardware passed away on Saturday 24th February, aged 83 following a stroke. His wife Eileen and his two daughters, Jillian and Debbie were at his bedside. John is leaving a legacy at Home Hardware that will be remembered for many years […]

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23.11

bira’s response to the budget

In response to the Chancellor’s budget yesterday; bira welcomes some of the practical details such as boosting the housing market by house building, investing in technology and reducing the stamp duty to first time buyers. All of which should feed into greater retail spending in due course. However, perhaps the most worrying part of the […]

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29.09

bira direct’s biggest buying opportunity in 2017 has been extended!

Calling all retailers! Are you looking to make your business more profitable this coming autumn and winter? As a retailer, we know how difficult it is to grab a hold of additional margin opportunities in the run up of one of, if not, the biggest sale periods of the year. Luckily, we’ve got your covered. With […]

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05.09

September Savers is now live!

Calling all retailers! Are you looking to make your business more profitable this coming autumn and winter? September Savers is bira direct biggest campaign of the year and aimed at kick starting our hardware, cookshop and giftware retailers key selling seasons. With exclusive buying promotions, offers and discounts from leading product suppliers such as Draper and Toolstream, […]

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08.08

Introducing the new bira bank Regular Savings Account

The New bira Bank Regular Savings Account – an introduction from John Collins, Managing Director, bira Bank. Bira bank is looking to increase its depositor base and encourage more members into opening a savings account with their Trade Association bank. As you will be aware, at bira bank we aim to deliver benefit to bira […]

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20.04

Employees’ Health & Safety duties

Nick Wilson, Director of Health & Safety Services at Ellis Whittam, gives an overview of the general duties owed by employees under Health & Safety law. The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act (HSWA) 1974 places a number of important responsibilities on the shoulders of employees and as an employer, you may wish to […]

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20.04

Why data protection legislation is getting stricter

Whilst the GDPR will introduce significant changes to data protection legislation – completely overhauling the current legal framework – many bosses still haven’t given thought as to whether current processes comply with the new law. According to IBM, more data has been created in the past two years than ever before, with an estimated 2.5 quintillion […]

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12.04

Rachel Riley, childrenswear designer to launch new home collection

From making clothes for her own children, bira member Rachel Riley has built a worldwide brand set to grow with the launch of the new Rachel Riley Home Collection. Award-winning childrenswear designer and Rachel Riley and Textrade International, one of India’s leading home textile manufacturers and international distributors, have signed a licensing agreement for the Rachel Riley Home […]

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11.04

Viridian announced as winner at the Natural and Organic Awards

The 2017 Natural and Organic Awards brought together shortlisted delegates to present and showcase their products. Winners of the Natural and Organic Awards  was announced on 3rd April with Cheryl Thallon, founder of Viridian, activist and fierce campaigner walking away with two award wins. The Natural and Organic Awards celebrated standout products and brands judged by a […]

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09.11

UK towns battle it out for High Street Awards

Retailers across the UK are vying for votes in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. This year’s competition has seen a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the […]

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07.11

bira supports wok ‘n’ roll charity cook-off

Food poverty is a major issue in the UK, affecting both businesses as well as hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each day. Jeremy Pang’s School of Wok, an Asian specialist cookery school located in London’s Covent Garden, raised awareness of these two issues and encouraged both discussion and problem solving amongst local businesses, during […]

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