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08.12

Automatic Enrolment: What happens if I don’t comply?

There are certain legal duties you must meet for automatic enrolment. If you don’t comply with your duties, we may take enforcement action. You, the employer, are responsible for meeting your legal duties for automatic enrolment. If you don’t comply, you may face enforcement action including compliance notices, and penalty notices (fines). If you receive […]

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06.12

All employers have automatic enrolment duties – don’t ignore it. It’s the law!

To date, more than 8.5 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by over 800,000 employers. TPR recently published their annual commentary and analysis report, which shows that more than 70% of all new businesses will have staff they will need to put into a workplace pension. This means the majority of […]

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04.12

Get your new season buying off to a flying start at INDX Menswear AW18

INDX Menswear is once again set to take over Cranmore Park to showcase the AW18 season. If there is one show to get you ahead of the game, this is it, allowing you to select the next-season best sellers, the new must-haves from your favourite brands and to view fresh brands ahead of the busy […]

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06.12

Automatic Enrolment: Increases in Minimum Workplace Pension Contributions

You may have heard radio advertising showing that as well as providing the teabags, employers need to provide their staff with a workplace pension. The campaign calls for you to get to know your responsibilities when it comes to a workplace pension, but are you also aware of your responsibilities for the increase in minimum pension […]

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28.11

National Home Improvement Week – Time for retailers to get on board

Following a fantastic turn out in terms of the UK’s tops home and garden improvement supplier brands, Paul Grinsell, home improvement director of the British Home Improvement Trade Association (BHETA) says it’s time for industry retailers to get involved in National Home Improvement Week.     The new consumer marketing initiative for 12th to 18th March […]

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27.11

JEGS – attention all mainland customers – Free delivery on orders over £100 for December

  Minimum order value reduced for December! ATTENTION all UK mainland customers, FREE delivery on orders over £100 For the month of December, as a little Christmas gift from JEGS, they have reduced our Minimum Order Value for UK mainland customers. Meaning all orders that are more than £100 will automatically qualify for FREE delivery! So you can order […]

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27.11

Gorilla products available through STAX now!

  Stock up to meet demand as Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s are about to hit TV screens nationwide! STAX trade centres will be stocking the ranges and available as part of their delivered service to bira members. Special product deals and stand packages are currently being promoted. Click here to see the full STAX eshot […]

Direct

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23.11

bira’s response to the budget

In response to the Chancellor’s budget yesterday; bira welcomes some of the practical details such as boosting the housing market by house building, investing in technology and reducing the stamp duty to first time buyers. All of which should feed into greater retail spending in due course. However, perhaps the most worrying part of the […]

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17.11

Employing seasonal or temporary staff

If you employ seasonal or temporary staff you must assess them individually every time you pay them. This includes staff who work for you for a few days, a few weeks or several months. Your assessment of who to put into a pension scheme may take more time and effort, as you will need to […]

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15.11

Buy from Horwood???

Go to bira direct November Essentials & see 100’s of reduced price offers for the key selling period!!! Not buying from Horwood? Go to the offers NOW & see what’s available from this fantastic range of iconic cookware brands! Click here to see our November offers now.  

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15.11

Shoppers set to spend over £10bn Black Friday bonanza

Higher prices and increased retailer participation will drive Black Friday spend this year with total sales over the period set to rise 3.8%.  Spend during the Black Friday period, defined as Monday 20-Monday 27 November 2017, is forecast to grow 3.8% on 2016 (Monday 21-Monday 28 November 2016) to £10.1bn, accounting for 10.4% of total […]

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09.11

60% Margin opportunity from new bira direct supplier JML

Introducing the Star Shower Motion! This incredible ‘one-plug’ lighting solution that takes all the hassle out of your Christmas lighting and will change the way you light your home forever! Motion button makes the stars twirl and dance! Just plant it, plug it in, and watch the stars come out. Light sensor means it turns […]

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06.11

Help the Home Office improve right to work checks

Help the Home Office improve the way you check job applicants have the right to work in the UK The Home Office is looking for employers in the retail sector to trial a new way to carry out right to work checks. The new online service will be faster to use than the existing ways […]

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03.11

bira direct – Yale/ASSA Abloy price increase

We have received confirmation of a price increase from Yale Retail UK regarding a UK price review and detail their communication below: During 2017 we have continued to experience challenges caused by the increased cost of raw materials and fluctuating currency exchange rates. Since the beginning of the year we have seen the cost of […]

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03.11

Luceco – now available through bira direct

Luceco have launched their products through bira direct. With over 70 years experience, the Luceco plc brands are market leaders in key electrical categories, offering a “one stop shop” for trade and retail accessories Luceco Led Lighting – environmental and energy saving LED Lighting providing commercial and domestic lighting solutions British General – a traditional wiring accessory manufacturing brand, […]

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02.11

JML – now available through bira direct

JML Directs product are now available to all bira retailers through bira direct. To view JML’s supplier directory page, terms and how to order click here (requires member login) To download JML’s Launch offer for bira members click here  

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06.11

A healthy new partnership

On 22nd October bira attended the Natural Health Trade Summit – the exhibition for learning and networking exclusively for independent health food retailers hosted in Manchester. The partnership between bira and the National Association of Health Stores was officially launched and announced by Gary Trickett, as part of an audience address at the NHT Summit. Julie Holden, […]

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26.10

Changes to cheque clearing for business banking

New legislation to improve cheque clearing times will be introduced to the UK banking industry from 30 October 2017. Currently paper cheques are physically exchanged between banks. From 30 October 2017, Individual Banks will gradually begin to capture and exchange digital images of cheques with other banks. The time it takes to clear a cheque […]

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20.10

bira expands to welcome independent health stores into membership

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is welcoming the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) and its members to join its family of independent retailers, all benefitting from the collective strength of membership. The NAHS has been working for its members since 1931 and it continues to be run wholly by retailers. The NAHS provide […]

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20.10

SaveTheHighStreet Winner Announced!

Congratulations to SaveTheHighStreet winner Suzanne Nicol, who won £80,000 of advertising at the SaveTheHighStreet Conference last month. Suzanne runs, Sunshine No.1 in Glasgow. It is an independent art & gift shop showcasing a variety of Scottish art, gifts and cards. She is optimising for modern business by joining online and offline. She runs her bricks […]

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20.10

11 business experts share lessons they’ve learned the hard way

Exciting as it is, the process of taking your business to the next level can present a few nasty surprises. Featuring advice from top CEOs, founders, writers and coaches, this roundup is your guide to avoiding the rookie mistakes. In our roundup, a range of bona-fide business experts give their two cents on the matter. […]

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20.10

The Unexpected Benefits of In-store Public Wifi

There’s no doubt that the world is addicted to the internet. Many people are connected to the net all day, every day. This is something that some business owners are leveraging to their advantage. Many business owners focus on customer satisfaction as one of the major keys to success, yet so often these same business […]

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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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11.10

Explosive growth of independent High Street stores in first half of 2017

Explosive growth of independent High Street stores in first half of 2017 compared to first half of 2016 Data released today by The Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened significantly more shops than in the same period last year, whilst the national chains continued to […]

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06.10

Winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards announced

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2017 were announced on Wednesday 4 October at a lavish awards event, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, hosted by comedian Charlie Baker. The lavish awards event, which this year took on a Parisian theme, was attended by 400 members of the housewares community who shared […]

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03.10

Why invest in staff training?

It is easy to let employees’ training and development slide. In some cases, there always seems to be something more important which makes it go further and further down the list of priorities. In other cases, budgetary restrictions mean investing in staff is simply not possible. A failure to invest in this area is not […]

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03.10

The round £1 coin will be withdrawn from 16 October 2017

The round £1 coins, that have been in circulation since 1983, will no longer be accepted from 16 October 2017. They will be permanently replaced by the new, 12-sided £1 coin which has been in circulation since March 2017. The round £1 coins will remain in circulation until October 15th,  however from the 16th onwards, you […]

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29.09

bira direct’s biggest buying opportunity in 2017 has been extended!

Calling all retailers! Are you looking to make your business more profitable this coming autumn and winter? As a retailer, we know how difficult it is to grab a hold of additional margin opportunities in the run up of one of, if not, the biggest sale periods of the year. Luckily, we’ve got your covered. With […]

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26.09

bira invests in its offices to better serve its members

bira invests in its offices to better serve its members and create a modern environment for the modern association The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) officially opened its new offices in Edgbaston in Birmingham on 21st September 2017. The event was attended by 150 members, staff and friends of the association and included a talk […]

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26.09

Revo kick starts Free Space+

New national business incubator launched worth £300,000 to support retail start ups Revo, the retail property and place-making organisation, has launched Free Space+, a national initiative to offer start-up and growing businesses retail space and business support in retail centres at no cost. Free Space+ is launched in partnership with nine of the largest UK […]

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15.09

Business Rates: From bricks and mortar to a tax for the digital age

Nearly six months after the introduction of a new business rates regime Mark Radford reviews progress to date. Back in the heady days of Spring 2014 in recognition of the damage caused to the economy by high rate bills, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne famously described the business rate system as ‘not fit […]

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13.09

Celebrating the women reinventing retail

2017 WORLDPAY EVERYWOMAN IN RETAIL AMBASSADORS ANNOUNCED Hundreds of senior figures from some of the UK’s most-loved retail brands gathered at 8 Northumberland Avenue on 12 September to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme. Twelve inspirational women working in retail were hand-selected and appointed as this year’s everywoman ambassadors. […]

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12.09

Downing Street meeting

Business rates were on the top of the agenda when bira visited Downing Street on 23rd August 2017. bira met with Jimmy McLoughlin, who was previous deputy head of policy and head of external relations at the IoD before he moved to his special adviser role at number 10.  This allowed bira to discuss the nub […]

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07.09

London and Lancashire Rubber Co Ltd

It is with immediate effect that we sadly notify you that London and Lancs have ceased trading and therefore supply through bira direct. For more information and detail including alternative suppliers please contact Steve Akers or Mike Whiles on 0121 446 3736/446 3732 respectively.   Alternatively, you may wish to contact some alternative bira direct suppliers […]

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05.09

Home Office survey: understanding crime against business

The Home Office is currently carrying out their annual survey about crimes experienced by businesses in England and Wales. Taking part in the Commercial Victimisation Survey is your opportunity to help the Home Office to understand the nature, extent and cost of crimes against businesses and to tackle crime in our sector. Each year, the […]

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05.09

September Savers is now live!

Calling all retailers! Are you looking to make your business more profitable this coming autumn and winter? September Savers is bira direct biggest campaign of the year and aimed at kick starting our hardware, cookshop and giftware retailers key selling seasons. With exclusive buying promotions, offers and discounts from leading product suppliers such as Draper and Toolstream, […]

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31.08

Connect Distribution launches new 2018 catalogue

Connect Distribution launches new 2018 retailers catalogue – the UK’s leading distributor of spare parts, accessories, consumables and small domestic appliances – has launched there new 416 page glossy colour catalogue. There are 8 main sections including ‘Floorcare’, ‘Home Appliances’, ‘Outdoor’ ‘Heating & Cooling’, ‘Electrical, Lighting, Hardware and ‘Multimedia’. All of the products featured in […]

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29.08

Excitement builds for Oscars of housewares industry

With just over a month until this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards, which is co-hosted by Progressive Housewares and bira, tensions are building to see who will be named as bira-Cookshop and Housewares Retailer of the Year. In the running for Retailer of the Year 2017 are members Art of Living – Banstead, Cobham and […]

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12.04

Increase the Digital Influence of your business with #WDYT

Growing digital channels can help boost the high street in UK towns, according to the Digital Influence Index compiled by #WDYT. ‘Digital influence’ is the ability of any town or city to drive measurable outcomes from online channels to their high street. The campaign encourages retailers and shoppers to share a photo each day of […]

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22.08

What you need to know about Contract of Employment

Contract of Employment – are they just a worthless piece of paper or a great tool for employers? We take a look at the main points you need to consider when drafting and varying contracts in this Contract of Employment Q&A . Do I need to provide my employees with a written Contract of Employment? Contrary to […]

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08.08

Introducing the new bira bank Regular Savings Account

The New bira Bank Regular Savings Account – an introduction from John Collins, Managing Director, bira Bank. Bira bank is looking to increase its depositor base and encourage more members into opening a savings account with their Trade Association bank. As you will be aware, at bira bank we aim to deliver benefit to bira […]

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01.08

Watch out for exemption certificate scams

Be wary of scams involving the sale of fake certificates that suggest you do not have workplace pension duties. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is investigating at least one company offering what it describes as “Certificates of Auto Enrolment Exemption” to employers. If you’re offered the chance to buy a certificate of exemption or any similar […]

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27.07

Mobile marketing is set to soar in the UK

A white paper titled ‘The State of SMS’ released by Textlocal, one of the UK’s leading SMS marketing platforms, predicts a sharp rise in mobile marketing as Britain boasts nearly 80m active mobile phones in circulation for the first time. Despite these findings, only 50% of businesses surveyed are currently using SMS as part of […]

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26.07

bira takes to the stage at the UK’s biggest trade fashion exhibition

Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham every February and August, MODA brings together over 1000 collections across menswear, womenswear footwear, accessories and athleisure.  Moda’s seminar programme is a highlight of the show, helping visitors to get ahead in business with the help of experts in their field. Over the next two weeks, Moda will introduce […]

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14.07

EU General Data Protection Act Regulations

Obligations under the Data Protection Act The UK government has been clear that, despite Brexit, they will implement the regulations. Although EU Member States have up to the 25th May 2018 to implement the new rules in their national laws, you need to think about how to plan for the changes for your business now. […]

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04.07

National trade fashion exhibition Moda reveals brand new concepts

S/S 18 launches at Moda with new global signings, an interactive wellness area and an engaging seminar programme presented in conjunction with the Fashion Association of Britain, part of industry body bira.   National trade fashion exhibition Moda has confirmed a strong line up of new and returning labels across the menswear, womenswear, footwear and […]

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23.06

TPR to begin auto enrolment spot checks on Birmingham employers

The Pensions Regulator has announced that they are carrying out Auto Enrolment spot checks on Birmingham employers as part of the nationwide enforcement campaign. Following on from the The Pensions Regulator announcement released on Friday 16th June – as part of the nationwide campaign which began in London, and then Manchester – TPR is to begin AE spot […]

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21.06

General advice on fire safety precautions for premises owners

Following the tragic fire on 14th June at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, some of our clients have enquired about what they should be doing to protect themselves and the people they are responsible for from the risk of fire. bira legal would therefore like to provide some simple advice on general fire safety precautions […]

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20.06

Meet the lucky winner of the £20K Retail Growth Package

Recently, bira teamed up with Vend to give away a £20,000 retail growth package – here’s the lucky retailer who won! For small-to-medium retailers, having access to the best retail tools and technology is so important in order to grow and compete, which is why we recently ran a competition in the UK, giving stores […]

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13.06

Government guidance and vigilance reminder for business

Following the tragic events in Manchester, the Home Office would like to remind suppliers of regulated and reportable explosives precursors to look out for and report suspicious transactions and attempted transactions to the police on: 0800 789321 or chemical.reporting@met.police.uk Details: Explosives precursors are chemicals that may be used in the illicit manufacture of explosives.   […]

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04.12

Get your new season buying off to a flying start at INDX Menswear AW18

INDX Menswear is once again set to take over Cranmore Park to showcase the AW18 season. If there is one show to get you ahead of the game, this is it, allowing you to select the next-season best sellers, the new must-haves from your favourite brands and to view fresh brands ahead of the busy […]

By bira | Read more

28.11

National Home Improvement Week – Time for retailers to get on board

Following a fantastic turn out in terms of the UK’s tops home and garden improvement supplier brands, Paul Grinsell, home improvement director of the British Home Improvement Trade Association (BHETA) says it’s time for industry retailers to get involved in National Home Improvement Week.     The new consumer marketing initiative for 12th to 18th March […]

By bira | Read more

15.11

Shoppers set to spend over £10bn Black Friday bonanza

Higher prices and increased retailer participation will drive Black Friday spend this year with total sales over the period set to rise 3.8%.  Spend during the Black Friday period, defined as Monday 20-Monday 27 November 2017, is forecast to grow 3.8% on 2016 (Monday 21-Monday 28 November 2016) to £10.1bn, accounting for 10.4% of total […]

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20.10

bira expands to welcome independent health stores into membership

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is welcoming the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) and its members to join its family of independent retailers, all benefitting from the collective strength of membership. The NAHS has been working for its members since 1931 and it continues to be run wholly by retailers. The NAHS provide […]

By bira | Read more

11.10

Explosive growth of independent High Street stores in first half of 2017

Explosive growth of independent High Street stores in first half of 2017 compared to first half of 2016 Data released today by The Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened significantly more shops than in the same period last year, whilst the national chains continued to […]

By bira | Read more

06.10

Winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards announced

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2017 were announced on Wednesday 4 October at a lavish awards event, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, hosted by comedian Charlie Baker. The lavish awards event, which this year took on a Parisian theme, was attended by 400 members of the housewares community who shared […]

By bira | Read more

26.09

bira invests in its offices to better serve its members

bira invests in its offices to better serve its members and create a modern environment for the modern association The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) officially opened its new offices in Edgbaston in Birmingham on 21st September 2017. The event was attended by 150 members, staff and friends of the association and included a talk […]

By bira | Read more

Revo kick starts Free Space+

New national business incubator launched worth £300,000 to support retail start ups Revo, the retail property and place-making organisation, has launched Free Space+, a national initiative to offer start-up and growing businesses retail space and business support in retail centres at no cost. Free Space+ is launched in partnership with nine of the largest UK […]

By bira | Read more

13.09

Celebrating the women reinventing retail

2017 WORLDPAY EVERYWOMAN IN RETAIL AMBASSADORS ANNOUNCED Hundreds of senior figures from some of the UK’s most-loved retail brands gathered at 8 Northumberland Avenue on 12 September to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme. Twelve inspirational women working in retail were hand-selected and appointed as this year’s everywoman ambassadors. […]

By bira | Read more

12.09

Downing Street meeting

Business rates were on the top of the agenda when bira visited Downing Street on 23rd August 2017. bira met with Jimmy McLoughlin, who was previous deputy head of policy and head of external relations at the IoD before he moved to his special adviser role at number 10.  This allowed bira to discuss the nub […]

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03.05

Independent retailers opened more shops than they closed in 2016.

Still a nation of shopkeepers – traditional independent retailers opened more shops than they closed in 2016. Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent retailers opened more shops than were closed in 2016 in Britain’s top 500 town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. […]

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20.02

The Great Rate Debate goes on– bira amongst businesses fighting for complete reform

The headlines have been filled with news this week about the mounting pressure being put on the Government to reform the damaging business rates system. The British Retail Consortium, of which bira is a member, is among the signatories of a letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, challenging the intended new appeals process […]

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09.01

Shop prices show first signs of upward trend

Figures released by the British Retail Consortium found an easing of shop price deflation in December. Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.4% in December, a deceleration from the 1.7% fall in the previous two months. Non-food deflation decelerated to 1.9%, down from 2.3% in the previous month. This is the weakest deflation rate since […]

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02.12

Over half of consumers expect price hikes

Verdict Retail’s latest poll of 2,000 UK consumers shows that the future consumer sentiment index has fallen once again, as all three components – views towards the economy, personal finances, and future retail spending – decline. The index plummeted 6.6 points on September, driven by a sharp 10.1 decline on the UK’s economic outlook index. […]

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18.11

Highest Scottish Sales Growth Since December

The BRC has released it’s Retail Sales Figures for October 2016, with food sales rising for the second consecutive month.   David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium: “A better performance across most categories in October is reflected in the best like for like retail sales figures for 2016. Food sales continue to improve compared to a […]

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09.11

Retailers benefit from resilient demand in Brexit fallout

The recent decline in the health of the UK retail sector ended in Quarter 3 2016, with demand proving resilient in the face of rising costs and shrinking margins. The figures are provided by The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT). Following its quarterly meeting on October 11th 2016, the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) has […]

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03.11

More independent shops opening than closing

Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened slightly more shops than were closed in H1 2016 in Britain’s town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. This is a reversal […]

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28.10

Halloween retail spending to reach £472 million this year

A report by Verdict Retail reveals Halloween spending is likely to reach £472million this year, which is a smaller increase than in recent years. Here are their findings:   Attitudes and activities 57.5% of consumers feel that Halloween is a waste of money, while nearly three-quarters (72.3%) think Halloween has become far too commercial Last […]

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30.09

Rating List 2017

On 30th September the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) published the draft 2017 rating list containing details of new rateable values which will be effective from April next year. The VOA estimates the following regional changes for retail in England: North East -16%,  Yorks -11%, North West -15%, West Mids -11%, East Mids -5%, East -13%, South West -14%, South […]

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16.08

One in five employers missing auto-enrolment staging date

One in five employers is failing to sign its employees up to an auto-enrolment pension scheme, putting them at risk of hefty fines from The Pensions Regulator, according to figures released by AE master trust Now: Pensions. In the second quarter of 2016, Now: Pensions reported 21 per cent of the companies that signed up […]

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08.12

Automatic Enrolment: What happens if I don’t comply?

There are certain legal duties you must meet for automatic enrolment. If you don’t comply with your duties, we may take enforcement action. You, the employer, are responsible for meeting your legal duties for automatic enrolment. If you don’t comply, you may face enforcement action including compliance notices, and penalty notices (fines). If you receive […]

By alexahir | Read more

06.12

All employers have automatic enrolment duties – don’t ignore it. It’s the law!

To date, more than 8.5 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by over 800,000 employers. TPR recently published their annual commentary and analysis report, which shows that more than 70% of all new businesses will have staff they will need to put into a workplace pension. This means the majority of […]

By alexahir | Read more

Automatic Enrolment: Increases in Minimum Workplace Pension Contributions

You may have heard radio advertising showing that as well as providing the teabags, employers need to provide their staff with a workplace pension. The campaign calls for you to get to know your responsibilities when it comes to a workplace pension, but are you also aware of your responsibilities for the increase in minimum pension […]

By alexahir | Read more

23.11

bira’s response to the budget

In response to the Chancellor’s budget yesterday; bira welcomes some of the practical details such as boosting the housing market by house building, investing in technology and reducing the stamp duty to first time buyers. All of which should feed into greater retail spending in due course. However, perhaps the most worrying part of the […]

By bira | Read more

17.11

Employing seasonal or temporary staff

If you employ seasonal or temporary staff you must assess them individually every time you pay them. This includes staff who work for you for a few days, a few weeks or several months. Your assessment of who to put into a pension scheme may take more time and effort, as you will need to […]

By alexahir | Read more

06.11

Help the Home Office improve right to work checks

Help the Home Office improve the way you check job applicants have the right to work in the UK The Home Office is looking for employers in the retail sector to trial a new way to carry out right to work checks. The new online service will be faster to use than the existing ways […]

By bira | Read more

26.10

Changes to cheque clearing for business banking

New legislation to improve cheque clearing times will be introduced to the UK banking industry from 30 October 2017. Currently paper cheques are physically exchanged between banks. From 30 October 2017, Individual Banks will gradually begin to capture and exchange digital images of cheques with other banks. The time it takes to clear a cheque […]

By bira | Read more

03.10

The round £1 coin will be withdrawn from 16 October 2017

The round £1 coins, that have been in circulation since 1983, will no longer be accepted from 16 October 2017. They will be permanently replaced by the new, 12-sided £1 coin which has been in circulation since March 2017. The round £1 coins will remain in circulation until October 15th,  however from the 16th onwards, you […]

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22.08

What you need to know about Contract of Employment

Contract of Employment – are they just a worthless piece of paper or a great tool for employers? We take a look at the main points you need to consider when drafting and varying contracts in this Contract of Employment Q&A . Do I need to provide my employees with a written Contract of Employment? Contrary to […]

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01.08

Watch out for exemption certificate scams

Be wary of scams involving the sale of fake certificates that suggest you do not have workplace pension duties. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is investigating at least one company offering what it describes as “Certificates of Auto Enrolment Exemption” to employers. If you’re offered the chance to buy a certificate of exemption or any similar […]

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23.11

bira’s response to the budget

In response to the Chancellor’s budget yesterday; bira welcomes some of the practical details such as boosting the housing market by house building, investing in technology and reducing the stamp duty to first time buyers. All of which should feed into greater retail spending in due course. However, perhaps the most worrying part of the […]

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15.11

Shoppers set to spend over £10bn Black Friday bonanza

Higher prices and increased retailer participation will drive Black Friday spend this year with total sales over the period set to rise 3.8%.  Spend during the Black Friday period, defined as Monday 20-Monday 27 November 2017, is forecast to grow 3.8% on 2016 (Monday 21-Monday 28 November 2016) to £10.1bn, accounting for 10.4% of total […]

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06.11

Help the Home Office improve right to work checks

Help the Home Office improve the way you check job applicants have the right to work in the UK The Home Office is looking for employers in the retail sector to trial a new way to carry out right to work checks. The new online service will be faster to use than the existing ways […]

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26.10

Changes to cheque clearing for business banking

New legislation to improve cheque clearing times will be introduced to the UK banking industry from 30 October 2017. Currently paper cheques are physically exchanged between banks. From 30 October 2017, Individual Banks will gradually begin to capture and exchange digital images of cheques with other banks. The time it takes to clear a cheque […]

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20.10

SaveTheHighStreet Winner Announced!

Congratulations to SaveTheHighStreet winner Suzanne Nicol, who won £80,000 of advertising at the SaveTheHighStreet Conference last month. Suzanne runs, Sunshine No.1 in Glasgow. It is an independent art & gift shop showcasing a variety of Scottish art, gifts and cards. She is optimising for modern business by joining online and offline. She runs her bricks […]

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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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06.10

Winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards announced

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2017 were announced on Wednesday 4 October at a lavish awards event, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, hosted by comedian Charlie Baker. The lavish awards event, which this year took on a Parisian theme, was attended by 400 members of the housewares community who shared […]

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03.10

The round £1 coin will be withdrawn from 16 October 2017

The round £1 coins, that have been in circulation since 1983, will no longer be accepted from 16 October 2017. They will be permanently replaced by the new, 12-sided £1 coin which has been in circulation since March 2017. The round £1 coins will remain in circulation until October 15th,  however from the 16th onwards, you […]

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15.09

Business Rates: From bricks and mortar to a tax for the digital age

Nearly six months after the introduction of a new business rates regime Mark Radford reviews progress to date. Back in the heady days of Spring 2014 in recognition of the damage caused to the economy by high rate bills, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne famously described the business rate system as ‘not fit […]

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13.09

Celebrating the women reinventing retail

2017 WORLDPAY EVERYWOMAN IN RETAIL AMBASSADORS ANNOUNCED Hundreds of senior figures from some of the UK’s most-loved retail brands gathered at 8 Northumberland Avenue on 12 September to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme. Twelve inspirational women working in retail were hand-selected and appointed as this year’s everywoman ambassadors. […]

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23.11

bira’s response to the budget

In response to the Chancellor’s budget yesterday; bira welcomes some of the practical details such as boosting the housing market by house building, investing in technology and reducing the stamp duty to first time buyers. All of which should feed into greater retail spending in due course. However, perhaps the most worrying part of the […]

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29.09

bira direct’s biggest buying opportunity in 2017 has been extended!

Calling all retailers! Are you looking to make your business more profitable this coming autumn and winter? As a retailer, we know how difficult it is to grab a hold of additional margin opportunities in the run up of one of, if not, the biggest sale periods of the year. Luckily, we’ve got your covered. With […]

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05.09

September Savers is now live!

Calling all retailers! Are you looking to make your business more profitable this coming autumn and winter? September Savers is bira direct biggest campaign of the year and aimed at kick starting our hardware, cookshop and giftware retailers key selling seasons. With exclusive buying promotions, offers and discounts from leading product suppliers such as Draper and Toolstream, […]

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08.08

Introducing the new bira bank Regular Savings Account

The New bira Bank Regular Savings Account – an introduction from John Collins, Managing Director, bira Bank. Bira bank is looking to increase its depositor base and encourage more members into opening a savings account with their Trade Association bank. As you will be aware, at bira bank we aim to deliver benefit to bira […]

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20.04

Employees’ Health & Safety duties

Nick Wilson, Director of Health & Safety Services at Ellis Whittam, gives an overview of the general duties owed by employees under Health & Safety law. The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act (HSWA) 1974 places a number of important responsibilities on the shoulders of employees and as an employer, you may wish to […]

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Why data protection legislation is getting stricter

Whilst the GDPR will introduce significant changes to data protection legislation – completely overhauling the current legal framework – many bosses still haven’t given thought as to whether current processes comply with the new law. According to IBM, more data has been created in the past two years than ever before, with an estimated 2.5 quintillion […]

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12.04

Rachel Riley, childrenswear designer to launch new home collection

From making clothes for her own children, bira member Rachel Riley has built a worldwide brand set to grow with the launch of the new Rachel Riley Home Collection. Award-winning childrenswear designer and Rachel Riley and Textrade International, one of India’s leading home textile manufacturers and international distributors, have signed a licensing agreement for the Rachel Riley Home […]

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11.04

Viridian announced as winner at the Natural and Organic Awards

The 2017 Natural and Organic Awards brought together shortlisted delegates to present and showcase their products. Winners of the Natural and Organic Awards  was announced on 3rd April with Cheryl Thallon, founder of Viridian, activist and fierce campaigner walking away with two award wins. The Natural and Organic Awards celebrated standout products and brands judged by a […]

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09.11

UK towns battle it out for High Street Awards

Retailers across the UK are vying for votes in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. This year’s competition has seen a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the […]

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07.11

bira supports wok ‘n’ roll charity cook-off

Food poverty is a major issue in the UK, affecting both businesses as well as hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each day. Jeremy Pang’s School of Wok, an Asian specialist cookery school located in London’s Covent Garden, raised awareness of these two issues and encouraged both discussion and problem solving amongst local businesses, during […]

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