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15.01

Retail staff should be priority for Covid vaccine, says Bira

Proposals to prioritise retail staff for early immunisation against Covid-19 have been backed by Bira. Company CEO Andrew Goodacre has said he is ‘very supportive’ of plans which could see public-facing shop staff receive coronavirus vaccines sooner rather than later. Shop staff are one of the groups of workers including teachers and police employees recognised […]

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15.01

Bira CEO: Click and collect ‘very safe’

Bira’s CEO spoke in favour of allowing click and collect services to continue in England, after retail John Lewis suspended its own offering. Andrew Goodacre told the Daily Telegraph: “Click and collect was often a consumer preference, and is very safe. Entry to the shop is not allowed. “The goods for collection are pre-packed and […]

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15.01

New rules for Welsh retailers announced

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has set out new rules for retailers following concern supermarket shopping was increasing the spread of coronavirus. Mr Drakeford said shops in Wales would have to install signs reminding shoppers to socially distance. Speaking at the Welsh Government’s Covid briefing on Friday (January 15, 2021), Mr Drakeford said the Test, […]

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15.01

Five-point plan to save indie retail sector gets Bira’s support

Bira is backing a new five-point plan to help the independent retail sector through the pandemic. Pivot Point Consultancy has put together the plan and sent it to Kwasi Kwarteng at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategey (BEIS) and other relevant Ministers. It outlines the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the independent retail […]

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14.01

Scottish click and collect: What are the exemptions?

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon imposed more curbs on retail and other activities yesterday (Wednesday, January 13, 2021) in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country. The move included the prohibition of some click and collect services, as well as a ban on customers entering a takeaway to collect an order. […]

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13.01

Scotland curbs some types of ‘non-essential’ click and collect

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has banned some types of ‘non-essential’ click and collect in a further tightening of restrictions. Ms Sturgeon announced the move this afternoon after reports over the weekend that prohibition of click and collect was being considered. Other restrictions include a ban on drinking outdoors, and customers being banned from going […]

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13.01

Bira member named one of UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs

A Bira member has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs. Mandy Errington, who runs DJV Boutique in Ipswich, has made the top 100 in the Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign. Mandy founded DJV Boutique in 2012, a popular independent fashion outlet selling inspirational fashion lines, bags and accessories both […]

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12.01

Supermarkets to ban customers refusing to wear face covering

Tesco, ASDA, and Waitrose have joined Morrisons and Sainsbury’s in saying they will ban customers who refuse to wear a mask unless medically exempt. Yesterday, Morrisons became the first supermarket to make the decision with Sainsbury’s following suit. They have both said they will ban customers who refuse to wear a face covering when they […]

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12.01

Retailer puts spotlight on grant ‘anomaly’ which killed her business

Bira is backing a new campaign to once again highlight an ‘anomaly’ in government grant funding, which meant indies missed out on £15,000 Covid-19 cash. Retailer Mel Sims had to close her business The Nurture Barn last year after missing out on £15,000 cash due to an ‘anomaly’. In original government documentation, businesses with a […]

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11.01

Bira backs campaign to keep all click and collect open in Scotland

Bira has added its voice to a campaign to allow ‘non-essential’ retailers in Scotland to continue click and collect services. According to reports, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is considering banning all click and collect services under tighter restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus. However, Bira has joined the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) in a […]

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