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26.03

Utility Options waives termination fees and minimum required contract lengths

Business continuity is a pressing issue for many Bira members, especially when it comes to communications. Your telecoms provider should be able to apply a temporary divert on your phone line(s), but if you need anything more complicated, or are trying to replicate multiple lines/extensions, then Utility Options’ internet telephony products could help. Utility Options […]

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26.02

Bira Training – Venue Change

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please note that the course will still be running on Wednesday 22nd April. Just to remind you what the course is about, Bira Training has partnered with Maybe* to provide social media training specifically catered to retailers. Here’s what course leader, Polly Barnfield said about the course: “Our aim […]

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17.03

Bira Direct Product of the Month – EVO Lifestyle Products

The essential cleaning sponge from EVO Lifestyle products An official brand partner of Mrs Hinch the scrub daddy range has become a firm favourite in the cleaning category with customers. Scrub Daddy’s FlexTexture® changes texture based on your water temperature. Firm in cold water for tough scrubbing, soft in warm water for light cleaning He […]

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16.03

Bira Direct Supplier of the Month March 2020 – Primaflow

Primaflow is the largest distributor of plumbing fittings and related plumbing sundries. Primaflow offer a vast range of plumbing products and a next day delivery service, from their Birmingham distribution centre, with just a £50 minimum order. The cut of time for a next day delivery is 5pm. From copper fittings to drain cleaner, plastic […]

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16.03

£320 million package of support for Scotland’s businesses

Immediate action in response to COVID-19 for Scotland New measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the business community in Scotland have been announced by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes. The following steps will be put in place to support businesses during the 2020-21 financial year: a 75% rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure […]

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21.02

Frankie Bridge helps launch search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020

Singer and now author Frankie Bridge has helped launch the search to find the UK’s Best Small Shop of 2020.   Visiting independent book shop Linghams in Heswall, the Wirral, Frankie, whose new book Open: Why Asking For Help Can Save Your Life is now available at booksellers across the UK, kickstarted this year’s competition […]

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21.02

New Toast shop will offer its customers 135 different spreads

Braintree’s newest coffee shop will open on Saturday 21st February during a grand opening ceremony. MP James Cleverly is set to cut the ribbon around 10am to mark the official launch of Toast on High Street. The new cafe offers customers the chance to choose from 135 different spreads to put on a slice of […]

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19.02

Severe flood warnings across the UK

As of Wednesday 19th February, the government has announced six severe flood warnings with danger to life and 126 flood warnings where immediate action is required across the UK. Hundreds of locations have already been affected by the heavy rain-falls. Key locations for the most severe flood warnings currently include: River Lugg at Hampton Bishop […]

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18.02

Bira Bank’s vehicle loan promotion is now live

Bira Bank, the provider of affordable, reliable and personal finance for Bira members, has announced that their vehicle loan promotion is now live. If you are looking to make your next vehicle purchase affordable and want to avoid the pitfalls surrounding PCP finance, Bira Bank is here to help you. Hurry, these promotional rates will […]

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17.02

Product of the month – T&G Woodware

Inspired by traditional British blooms and our respect and need to look after flowers and insects, swap out the everyday with this new range to brighten the kitchen for Spring. This blooming beautiful range of ceramic storage pieces includes store jars, utensil/bottle pot, butter dish, jug, round dish, salt and pepper shakers, FSC® certified beech […]

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17.02

ESG announce new webstore

Bira Direct supplier ESG – Eurosonic Group are excited to announce the launch of their brand new webstore. The new webstore will make it easier for members to browse products and and manage their orders and invoices online, saving valuable time. Once logged in members can browse and order from the whole product range from […]

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17.02

Hug Rug Launch New Range Made Entirely from Waste Plastic

Yorkshire-based manufacturers Phoenox Textiles have released their new Hug Rug Sense range, a collection of luxury mats and rugs. But Sense is more than your average rug collection, it is the latest sustainability innovation from the creators of Hug Rug, who have been crafting homewares from recycled products for over 10 years. Made entirely from […]

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17.02

Bira Members meet Mary Berry at Spring Fair with Captivate Brands

Several Bira members had the pleasure of meeting Mary Berry, as she launched her new Signature collection and English Garden Collection through Bira Direct supplier Captivate Brands. Managing Director of Bira Direct, Jeff Moody said, “It was fantastic to see so many members interact with Mary as she explained the ranges and answered any questions. […]

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23.01

Bira joins National initiative to Love Local on 14th February

Bira in collaboration with ShopAppy.com is encouraging people to support their local businesses on the 14th of February for ‘Love Local Day’ – Love Local Day is one of the first events for a national campaign declaring 2020 The Year to Support Local. Love Local Day will be centred on sharing the love of all […]

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07.01

Bira Bank launches new vehicle brands

BIRA BANK IS starting the year with more savings for Bira members who want a competitive interest rate loan to purchase new vehicles at discounted prices. Following research on which brands Bira members are interested in, the bank has partnered with PSA Group and FCA Group, which handle vehicles from Peugeot, Citroën, Fiat, Fiat Professional, […]

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24.12

Bira Christmas Opening Hours

Please note that Bira office opening hours may be slightly affected during the Christmas and New Year period. Please check on the timetable below to see how office opening hours will differ. Monday 23rd December open 9 – 17:00pm Tuesday 24th December 9am – 13:00pm The Bira, BAGMA and MICA office will be closed from […]

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19.12

Obituary: John Twallin

John Twallin, joint founder of Toolbank and former chairman of its parent company Dormole, died on Saturday December 14. He was 86. “Although he had not been in particularly good health recently, he still retained a tremendous interest in the business and all the people in it, and he will be very sadly missed by […]

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05.12

Owner of Naked Grain, Marcia Hallett, wins £1,000 in Bira Insurance competition

Marcia Hallett, owner of Naked Grain Mirrors and Interiors, recently entered the Bira Insurance competition to win £1,000 and received a comparison quote for her business insurance when she’s next due to renew. On Wednesday 4th December Marcia was selected at random from all Bira members that entered the competition between 5th September to 30th […]

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18.11

What will the future of the high street look like?

SMILEY MOVEMENT CIC, the non-profit arm of the original Smiley® fashion brand is hosting its final Smiley TALK, Future of the High Street for 2019 on Thursday 21st November in London in partnership with the Charity Retail Association. Following a string of well-attended Smiley TALKS in Brighton, Cambridge and London throughout the year, these free […]

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28.10

How will smart meters improve your business?

The government is committed to all homes and small businesses being offered smart meters by the end of 2020. A national competition is being run to find new ideas to improve energy use. What is your experience of smart meters? Smart meters are being rolled out to small businesses across Great Britain and are a […]

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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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11.10

New Einhell B2B online buying portal

The Einhell B2B portal is a web shop that allows Bira members to purchase items, access product images and assets and also purchase spare parts and accessories. Available for all Bira members this new portal will make it quicker and easier to place your Einhell orders. Order before 31.10.19 to take advantage of the introductory […]

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06.09

Dickies Announce Price increase for October

Dickies have released the below letter informing customers of a price increase from 7th October 2019. Dear Customer, As a business, we have always tried to keep price increases to a minimum; however, significant macro-enconomic factors (currency devaluation, raw material cost increases, higher labour rates and enhanced investments into our business have all contributed to […]

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02.08

Villeroy & Boch launch new Metro Chic collection

Signature Collection: MetroChic The MetroChic collection stands for timeless elegance. The geometric decoration brings the classic colours of Black and Gold onto pure white premium bone porcelain, its varying compositions lending an individual touch. The new MetroChic collection is a statement for those with an urban, cosmopolitan style. The striking design, inspired by Art Deco, […]

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15.05

Time to engage with innovation says CEO, Andrew Goodacre

On his travels CEO Andrew Goodacre has been inspired by new ideas OVER THE PAST couple of months I have been trying to visit as many members as possible, often at branch meetings, to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by our independent retailer community. Common themes have emerged: diversity, plus innovation to engage […]

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05.02

New notes for Northern Ireland

New £10 and £5 notes with a vertical design and in the polymer format will be issued in Northern Ireland on 27 February. The Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank will introduce both valuations, but Danske Bank will issue only £10 notes. Unlike Bank of England notes, the existing £10 and £5 notes will always be legal currency, […]

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20.12

Business as usual for Scotland’s retailers

Scotland’s Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, published his draft budget proposal including plans to provide Scotland with economic certainty ahead of Brexit. So, what will this mean for retailers? Overall, the proposals will not make much difference to retailers in Scotland but working with bira’s approved partner for rates appeals, Mark Radford, we’ve summarised what the announcement will […]

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22.11

Working hard to support your business growth

At bira direct, adding value to our members is the reason we exist. Once you’re a member we strive to support your business throughout your membership. Right now, we’ve got a big focus on helping you drive more people to your shop with our Footfall drivers campaign and this will continue to be a focus […]

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08.11

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) carries out spot checks

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has been carrying out spot checks on employers across the UK to make sure they are complying with their workplace pensions duties. Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme (AE) audits are giving employers confidence that their processes and procedures comply with this complex legislation and is helping them avoid fines. Executive Director of Automatic […]

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27.09

Stars Underlines celebrates 10th year

Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards reveals its plans for the 10th edition of the only intimates and lingerie retail awards in the UK and Ireland. On 15th November visitors will attend a fun-filled evening with cabaret and singers at the world-famous Café de Paris in the heart of London’s West End. LYCRA® is headline sponsor, […]

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26.09

New savings products available to you through Bira Bank

Personal benefits for you, your employees and their families. At bira we see ourselves as a family and this also includes our members. We also want to ensure your employees and family feel they are part of bira and can start benefiting too. There is always a good excuse to put off saving so here […]

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23.07

National Association Awards shortlist bira for three accolades

A panel of judges have voted The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) as finalists in three categories for the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018. bira has been shortlisted for Best Association Website, Best Association Newsletter and Best Association Magazine.   The awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of UK trade bodies, professionals membership organisations […]

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02.07

Draper Tools announce 2018 Summer Show with exclusive discounts for bira members

  Draper Tools would like to invite BIRA members to the company’s 2018 Summer Show. The special three-day event runs from Monday 16th July to Wednesday 18th July, from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm each day at The Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St. Albans AL2 3DS. The Summer Show is a fantastic opportunity to take […]

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22.06

bira exhibits at leading housewares show for the first time

Known as the industry’s must attend show Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical have become the focus of the year for housewares, table top and small domestic appliances exhibitors to showcase new products, Christmas Collections and preview spring/summer launches.   Suppliers exhibiting at the show included names such as,  Black + Blum, Bodum, Brabantia, Denby, Horwood […]

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20.04

The #WDYT (What do you think?) campaign for bira members

The #WDYT (What do you think?) campaign helps retailers improve their digital influence which increases local footfall and sales. The activity of this government endorsed campaign across 20 town centres, with over 2,500 retailers, has demonstrated that using this approach can increase digital conversion rates by over 2% and physical footfall by over 20%. The […]

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08.01

Retailers and academics join Government effort to tackle acid attacks

Some of the country’s largest retailers and independent business leaders have pledged not to sell the most harmful corrosive substances to under 18s, as part of a series of voluntary commitments proposed by the Government to help limit acid attacks. Waitrose, B&Q, Morrisons, Wickes, Co-op, Screwfix and Tesco are among the major brands to sign […]

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17.10

Cyber Aware encourages a Tech Free 15

Cyber Aware encourage people to take a break from smartphones to improve wellbeing and cyber security With new research demonstrating the scale of smartphone use across the UK, the government’s Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging everyone to have a #techfree15 minutes to install their software and app updates, to protect themselves from cyber crime New data […]

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04.04

Managing performance effectively

One of the reasons Employers end up in an Employment Tribunal is that they fail to deal with performance issues. Often performance issues are ignored. After all, nobody wants to spend their afternoon having an awkward conversation about how an employee is not hitting targets! However, it is better to manage poor performance in an […]

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08.03

bira believes that the Chancellor’s Budget does not deal with the fact that business rates are fundamentally unfair.

The Chancellor has taken some responsibility in acknowledging that there is a problem by providing some relief for small businesses.  However, considering that the same re-evaluation has reduced the average bill for Amazon’s nine distribution centres by an average of 1.3% or £147,632 , it is scant consolation for small businesses that no longer qualify for […]

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23.01

bira direct suppliers join forces for the first DIY sector at Spring Fair

bira DIY village As part of the launch of the DIY & Home Improvement sector in Hall 10 at Spring Fair this February, the bira DIY village will make it’s first ever appearance at the show. The Village will bring together a mix of bira direct suppliers for the DIY and home improvement industry. This […]

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