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21.08

Marina B offer 10% off all opening orders through Bira Direct

Marina B Designs was founded in the picturesque village of Great Bowden in the heart of Leicestershire. Producing stationery, notecards, greeting cards, prints and even ceramics. These hand drawn designs are available to Bira members with a 10% discount for any opening orders placed through Bira Direct. Marina B Designs provide card and card-related products […]

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20.08

Scott Brothers are the exclusive UK supplier for the new Honeywell dehumidifier

Leading UK appliance and Bira Direct supplier Scott Brothers are proud to be exclusive stockists of the Honeywell TP-Compact 12 litre portable dehumidifier.   The TP-Compact offers a durable and portable solution to household mould and damp issues in small sized rooms including bedrooms, dens, bathrooms – even conservatories prone to condensation during the winter […]

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14.08

Mica joins as a new division of the British Independent Retailers Association

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), the UK’s largest trade association for independent retail stores, has today confirmed an investment in Mica, which will see the co-operative group join the association as a new division. Mica and it’s 50+ hardware, DIY and garden stores across the UK have longstanding reputation for fierce independence and excellent […]

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12.08

Exclusive Bira benchmarking index available to all Bira members – where do you rank?

The Bira index, which benchmarks the social media performance of all Bira members, has just been made available to all Bira members. As an exclusive benefit to Bira members, the Bira index helps our members benchmark their social media performance against all other Bira members, allowing all members to benefit and learn from each other. […]

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08.08

New Bira Direct Supplier Media-Depot

Bira Direct are excited to announce the launch of new supplier Media-Depot – market leaders in electrical and mobile accessories. Specialising in working with independent UK retail outlets, stocking brands such as Energizer, Duracell, Casio, JVC and Sony. Media-Depot also stock products with zero plastic packaging. Stocking products in zero plastic packaging is something small […]

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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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01.08

QSM Q2 2019 – Spring sales fail to shine

Sales were up for Cookshop & Housewares, Floor Coverings, Beds & Soft Furnishings and Books & Toys, Music, Computers/Telecoms independent retailers between April and June 2019, but all other sectors have seen a drop. The overall picture from Bira’s exclusive Quarterly Sales Monitor (QSM) for the second quarter of 2019 is one of disappointment, with […]

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01.08

Bira’s priorities for the new Prime Minister

Following Boris Johnson’s rise to Prime Minister, The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is challenging the Government to resolve some of the ongoing issues that are burdening independent businesses, in order to ensure the future of our high streets. We are urging the new Prime Minister to: Find a Brexit solution that works for independent […]

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23.07

Members nominated for Excellence in Housewares Awards

Following industry-wide nominations from both suppliers and retailers, plus a day-long panel meeting to analyse and debate the housewares retail sector, the finalists for the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 retail categories have now been announced and Bira members are in the running.  HousewaresNews.net and Progressive Housewares’ editor, Jo Howard enthused: “We are thrilled to present an inspirational […]

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19.07

Disappointing figures for the quarter

Our latest sales figures show an average fall of -2.94% for independent retailers compared to the same three months last year. Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK compared to April, May and June in 2018. East Anglia was the only region reporting that sales had increased marginally, by an average of 1.32%. The […]

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