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21.03

ONS reports encouraging retail sales figures but it isn’t a time to feel confident

Following the year on year 4% rise in retail sales reported by the Office of National Statistics today, Andrew Goodacre, CEO of the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), says: “The positive results for retail sales growth in February are encouraging and will certainly be a help to many struggling retailers. The surprising warmer weather will have […]

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20.03

Bira and BHETA tussle it out on the turf

The British Independent Retailers Association and the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will come together again to present a friendly but competitive networking, business and social occasion in the calendar by way of the fourth ‘Tussle on the Turf’ golf tournament. The event is to be held on Wednesday 17th July in Stratford-upon-Avon at […]

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14.03

Government focused on implementing Making Tax Digital

In his Spring Statement 2019 speech, the Chancellor reinforced that the mandatory digital record keeping for businesses with annual revenues above the VAT threshold (£85,000) will come into force from 1st April 2019. Philip Hammond called this an “important first step in this modernisation of the tax system to which the Government remains committed”. Making Tax Digital (MTD) […]

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06.03

Daniel named best store for toys

DANIEL IN WINDSOR was named Department Store Toy Retailer of the Year 2018 at the recent Toy Industry Awards ceremony. The independent department store also won the prestigious accolade in 2015. Daniel Department Store’s Toy Kingdom is the heart of the family-run store in Windsor. The Daniels understand the importance of education, learning and imagination […]

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04.03

High Street 2030 report backs Bira’s ideas

BIRA’S LONG-STANDING ARGUMENT that business rates need replacing has been endorsed by MPs in a report, High Streets and Town Centres in 2030. Describing business rates as “increasingly outdated and far from ideal”, the 78-page document from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee states: “We believe that high streets and town centres can survive, […]

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27.02

Putting off installing the latest software updates could result in cyber crime

New #LifeUpdates campaign is warning that putting off installing the latest software and app updates can result in becoming a victim of cyber crime New research from Anglia Ruskin University, in partnership with the government’s Cyber Aware campaign, has revealed that nearly nine in ten (89%) respondents delay doing one or more ‘life updates’1. This […]

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22.02

New promotions from Villeroy & Boch

With the high-quality tableware products from Villeroy & Boch, ordinary and even special occasions are made all the more festive. From baking and cooking to setting the table and serving – make every meal enjoyable with their premium tableware. It is important to have the perfect dishes and cutlery, the right wine glasses, and the […]

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26.02

Cyber Aware #LifeUpdates campaign launches

The Cyber Aware #LifeUpdates campaign launches on the 27th February. The campaign aims to encourage people to act on the simple tasks we all put off doing. Cyber Aware (formerly Cyber Streetwise) aims to drive behaviour change amongst small businesses and individuals so that they adopt simple secure online behaviours to help protect themselves from […]

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19.02

NAHS celebrates a year with Bira

The National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) is celebrating its first anniversary, following its collaboration with The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) in 2018. The NAHS has been working for its members since 1931 and it continues to be run wholly by retailers. The NAHS provides specialist support and representation for independent health stores. In order […]

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13.02

Bira Direct Supplier Amefa announce a new 48 hour delivery service

Amefa is happy to announce it can now offer a 48-hour delivery service to Bira members. We have listened to feedback on how we could improve from Bira members and are now able to offer this enhanced service, as standard, from the 1st of April 2019. To enable this to happen we have made investments […]

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