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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 […]

Direct

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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 […]

Current Business Issues

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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 […]

Current Business Issues

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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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09.06

bira urges Government to think about how they can help the high street thrive

Now that the general election is over, it is down to the new Government to ensure that the potential of an unstable political climate in the UK is minimised, and that consumer confidence is not knocked.  After all, a third of consumer spending goes through retail, and therefore strong policies are needed to ensure this continues in […]

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09.06

What does the election mean for retail?

WHAT DOES THE ELECTION RESULT MEAN FOR RETAIL?  Source: GlobalData   The party manifestoes offered little other than more pain for retailers, but the uncertainty arising from the election result threatens to damage the industry more than any policy could.   In one sense not much has changed for retail –  little in the way […]

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07.06

Dealing with Annual Leave Requests

Most of us want to enjoy the summer. But as employers, you will often face the difficult task of dealing with numerous annual leave requests, refusing leave and cancelling pre-approved holidays. The workplace rules in your business should set out how much notice an employee needs to provide, how the leave must be booked and […]

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06.06

Get ready for Marxman on Dragons Den

The Dragon’s Den re-air of MarXman is showing this Sunday at 7pm pn BBC2. This always provides a great opportunity to remind customers about the product. Have you enough stock? – if not why not order today! Send you orders through to orders@gripitfixings.co.uk Ensure you have marXman™ stock positioned on your counter – this gives […]

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02.06

Shoe firm left to foot £42,000 bill after ignoring staff pension rules

A high street footwear firm turned a £400 fine into a bill for more than £40,000 after claiming it was too busy to meet its pension responsibilities. The case has prompted a fresh warning to employers by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) not to ignore their automatic enrolment duties. Johnsons Shoes Company was issued with a […]

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18.05

Two weeks to nominate Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme, until 29th May. The Programme increases awareness of the diverse range of opportunities for women in retail, by shining the spotlight on role models, inspiring more women to consider a career in retail. Digital development is the hot prediction for 2017, with […]

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18.05

Nationwide Movement is Sweeping the UK in an Effort to Save The High Street

Global corporates, industry bodies, startup innovators, media, and independent retailers are together rolling out an industry-wide programme to support and empower hundreds of thousands of independent local businesses.   From May 2017, SaveTheHighStreet.org and Industry Leaders such as AppearHere, Bink, British Independent Retail Association, CityHouseMedia, CitySprint, emocial, Enterprise Nation, Google Digital Garage, Iconeme, Interactive Media […]

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18.05

Championing Independent Retail with Key Learnings from the bira Conference

Independent retail is vital to the UK economy and something we are extremely passionate about protecting. That’s why we were delighted to have Brightpearl, the retail management platform provider as a sponsor at the bira Conference and Awards, celebrating the best of what UK independent retail has to offer. Below Brightpearl lays out the key […]

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16.05

Leading STV lines available from STAX with added discount

Choose from one, two, three or four STV Core Ranges for 2017 with up to 27.5% Trade Discount where £1.00 cost will generate £2.50 of retail value on the highest level of commitment!  

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15.05

Businesses urged to protect themselves from further cyber attacks

In light of the recent global cyber attack on both public and private sector organisations, the Government Department NCSC  lay out guidance and support to inform retailers on how you can protect your business from cyber attacks. bira would like to draw your attention to the below statement and guidance provided by the NCSC: Since […]

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11.05

Providing Quality and value to bira members

Drabest UK may not have been on your suppliers list radar before but they should now. As part of the Drabest Group, a genuine power house of European aluminium and steel manufacturing, Drabest UK are able supply great quality access products with value in mind along with a people feel to their customer service, with […]

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11.05

Stax Trade Centres named ‘Supplier of the Year’

Leading UK multi-channel wholesaler, Stax Trade Centres walked away with the coveted ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at bira’s annual conference and awards ceremony. The event was held at Bristol’s Marriott Royal Hotel on Monday 8th May and was attended by a host of notable and respected figures from the retail community. The ever-popular conference […]

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10.05

The finest talent from the world of independent retail celebrated

The finest talent from the world of independent retail celebrated at the bira national conference and awards 2017 The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) national conference and gala awards dinner took place at the Bristol Marriott Hotel on Monday 8 May. The annual bira awards represent an opportunity to showcase the very best of the […]

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10.05

Even into Brexit headwinds, independent retail sees strong first quarter, data shows

British Independent Retailers Association finds increased sales and store openings in Q1 2017, at a rate of 4 new stores per day Vend announces competition for retailers to win £20,000 worth of software and services to nurture fledgling growth London, UK – 9th May 2017 – Data released today by cloud-based point of sale software […]

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08.05

Leading Independent Baby Brand Appoints Big Business Commercial Head

JoJo Maman Bébé, the UK’s leading independent multi-channel brand servicing the needs of discerning new parents, announces the appointment of Gwynn Milligan as Commercial Director on the day that Founder & CEO Laura Tenison gives a keynote speech at the bira’s (British Independent Retailers Association) annual conference. Laura says, “I launched JoJo 24 years ago […]

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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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02.05

Planning summer holiday cover

Most of us want to enjoy the summer with family and friends, or perhaps take a couple of weeks away from it all and have an exotic holiday in the sun. But employers need to think about balancing the needs of employees to rest and recharge their batteries with the needs of the organisation to […]

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02.05

New guidance on dress codes this summer

You will no doubt remember the story from last year of the receptionist who was sent home for refusing to wear high heels as apart of her dress code. Now, the government is set to bring in guidance for employers. Background Last year, receptionist Nicola Thorp set up a petition after she was sent home […]

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02.05

Enesco shortlisted for Greats

Company shortlisted in the Best Service to the Independent Gift Retailer Category by The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2017 The Greats Awards recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers across the retail spectrum. All retail finalists were decided as a result of an industry-wide poll of gift suppliers, reps and agents and validation by […]

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25.04

Discretionary Business Rates – bira’s reaction to delays

Of course bira understand now that the starting gun has been triggered regarding the election that there is very little time for civil servants and ministers to undertake all of the commitments they had made during the last few weeks of this Government. However, considering that the Government has gone to the trouble to undertake […]

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20.04

bira lays out key priorities for independent retailers ahead of the general election

At 5pm on 19th April 2017, MPs approved Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election on 8th June 2017, by a majority of 509 votes.  With this in mind, the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) looks forward to all parties setting out their manifesto pledges in the days to come, and hopes that all […]

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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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20.04

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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10.04

Carl Kammerling International Turns a New Leaf with All Brand Product Catalogue

In response to overwhelming customer demand, leading supplier of quality hand tools and security solutions, Carl Kammerling International, has utilised sophisticated catalogue publishing software in order to launch an all brand product catalogue, its first in over five years. Following in-depth customer feedback, which revealed a preference for one ‘Carl Kammerling International Product Bible’, the 326-page […]

Direct

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07.04

Have your say in rewarding your key supplier

Each year we celebrate the outstanding contribution our bira direct suppliers make to the success of our members. They are important partners in our ability to deliver value and success to your business. This is your chance to tell us your favourite BHF and CHA suppliers and give them a chance to be recognized for their part […]

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04.04

Managing performance effectively

One of the reasons Employers end up in an Employment Tribunal is that they fail to deal with performance issues. Often performance issues are ignored. After all, nobody wants to spend their afternoon having an awkward conversation about how an employee is not hitting targets! However, it is better to manage poor performance in an […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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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 […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By bira | Read more

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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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 […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By joannecooper | Read more

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. […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By paigehylton | Read more

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 […]

By paigehylton | Read more

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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09.06

bira urges Government to think about how they can help the high street thrive

Now that the general election is over, it is down to the new Government to ensure that the potential of an unstable political climate in the UK is minimised, and that consumer confidence is not knocked.  After all, a third of consumer spending goes through retail, and therefore strong policies are needed to ensure this continues in […]

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What does the election mean for retail?

WHAT DOES THE ELECTION RESULT MEAN FOR RETAIL?  Source: GlobalData   The party manifestoes offered little other than more pain for retailers, but the uncertainty arising from the election result threatens to damage the industry more than any policy could.   In one sense not much has changed for retail –  little in the way […]

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07.06

Dealing with Annual Leave Requests

Most of us want to enjoy the summer. But as employers, you will often face the difficult task of dealing with numerous annual leave requests, refusing leave and cancelling pre-approved holidays. The workplace rules in your business should set out how much notice an employee needs to provide, how the leave must be booked and […]

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02.06

Shoe firm left to foot £42,000 bill after ignoring staff pension rules

A high street footwear firm turned a £400 fine into a bill for more than £40,000 after claiming it was too busy to meet its pension responsibilities. The case has prompted a fresh warning to employers by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) not to ignore their automatic enrolment duties. Johnsons Shoes Company was issued with a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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09.06

bira urges Government to think about how they can help the high street thrive

Now that the general election is over, it is down to the new Government to ensure that the potential of an unstable political climate in the UK is minimised, and that consumer confidence is not knocked.  After all, a third of consumer spending goes through retail, and therefore strong policies are needed to ensure this continues in […]

By bira | Read more

What does the election mean for retail?

WHAT DOES THE ELECTION RESULT MEAN FOR RETAIL?  Source: GlobalData   The party manifestoes offered little other than more pain for retailers, but the uncertainty arising from the election result threatens to damage the industry more than any policy could.   In one sense not much has changed for retail –  little in the way […]

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02.06

Shoe firm left to foot £42,000 bill after ignoring staff pension rules

A high street footwear firm turned a £400 fine into a bill for more than £40,000 after claiming it was too busy to meet its pension responsibilities. The case has prompted a fresh warning to employers by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) not to ignore their automatic enrolment duties. Johnsons Shoes Company was issued with a […]

By joannecooper | Read more

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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