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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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