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21.01

Government must up support for indies, says Bira CEO

Independent retail businesses need Government support more than ever if they are to survive the pandemic, says Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre. Andrew called for more support – including the extension of the business rates holiday – in an interview with the London Evening Standard. He was one of a number of business chiefs appealing to […]

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19.01

Scottish lockdown until mid-February

Lockdown restrictions in Scotland will remain in place until at least mid-February, it has been announced. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the curbs would continue in a bid to beat the coronavirus pandemic. It includes the closure of all non-essential retail and restrictions over click and collect. More from the Scottish Government here Additional […]

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19.01

Bira welcomes supreme court ruling over Covid insurance payouts

Bira has welcomed a supreme court ruling that could see thousands of small businesses forced to close during the Covid-19 pandemic receive payouts on insurance claims worth more than £1bn. According to The Guardian, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which brought the test case, said it would now be working with insurers to ensure they […]

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19.01

New Supplier Forum Lighting Solutions

Bira Direct are excited to announce new supplier Forum Lighting Solutions. Forum Lighting Solutions are designers and distributers of high quality, energy saving light fittings and lamps. Forum Lighting Products have been established for over 10 years supplying lighting and ancillary products into the independent retail sector. Forum Lighting Solutions  See the product range here […]

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15.01

Retail staff should be priority for Covid vaccine, says Bira

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

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15.01

Bira CEO: Click and collect ‘very safe’

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

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15.01

New rules for Welsh retailers announced

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

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15.01

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

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

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14.01

Scottish click and collect: What are the exemptions?

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

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13.01

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

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

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