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12 Feb 2021

We'll work together to rebuild high street, Business Secretary tells Bira

Kwasi Kwarteng, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has written to Bira acknowledging the need to rebuild the high street post-pandemic.

The letter was in response to one written by Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre requesting Mr Kwarteng support the independent retail sector, and - among other measures - extending business rates relief.

Mr Kwarteng outlined his priorities which included leading the drive to support businesses and foster innovation across all parts of the UK; delivering the Government's net zero ambitions, building on the Energy White Paper and the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan (for a green industrial revolution).

He also said: "I am grateful for your views on retail and the high street and I look forward to working with you as we rebuild post-Covid-19 pandemic."

Andrew will meet Mr Kwarteng on Tuesday (February 16) ahead of further talks with business ministers on Wednesday (February 17).

Read the letter here

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