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18 Jun 2021

Bira CEO tells Drapers why indies need on-going support

'Retailers will need ongoing government support if our fragile retail sector is to survive', was the message of an opinion piece, Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre wrote for fashion magazine Drapers.

He was asked to write the article following the announcement that at least one branch of the fashion chain Psyche was set to close. The formerly independent designer fashion store was bought by Mike Ashley's Fraser Group at the start of 2021.

In the article, Andrew says that despite the loss of brands such as Debenhams, Cath Kidston and the Arcadia group (TopShop, Burtons etc), there are likely to be more casualties.

He called on the Government to continue its support for the retail sector - stating that reopening on April 12 was not 'an immediate happy ending'.

Read the article here

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