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02.11

New bira direct Supplier Hug Rug

Hug Rug – brought to you by Phoenox Textiles, a British manufacturing company, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. We have been manufacturing home textiles since 1954 and are proud to say we are a truly British manufacturer, we produce over 80% of our products at our two mills in Yorkshire and ethically source the rest […]

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01.11

Government introduces tough new measures to prevent acid attacks

Retailers encouraged to sign up to Voluntary Agreement to support the fight against these crimes As the Government introduces tough new measures to prevent acid attacks, including a two year sentence for anyone caught carrying sulphuric acid above 15% concentration without a licence, it is important for independent retailers who stock and sell such products […]

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29.10

Welcome news for the high street as Government announces rates reduction

It is welcome news for the high street that the Government is going to reduce business rates by up to a third for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or below.  The current threshold of £12,000 only helps the smallest of shops, so this will make a real difference. As the Chancellor, Philip Hammond […]

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25.10

Member Vin Vara speaks up about high street challenges on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire

Vin Vara, bira member and Owner of the Toolshop, joined Kate Ancketill, retail expert and Founder of GDR Creative intelligence and Dr Helen Watts, Consumer Psychologist at Worcester University to discuss challenges in retail after Debenhams announced it will be closing up to 50 shops. Topics covered on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show included high […]

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22.10

JEGS website is moving to Qualtex

In order to give you the best possible customer experience the decision has been made to close downthe JEGS Trade website, on Tuesday October 23rd, and direct this to the Qualtex site. This will give you access to the full JEGS products range, any new products and the full Qualtex product range. This site also […]

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16.10

QUALTEX / JEGS would like to share with you October – December 2018 QTECH newsletter

Be the first to see latest news , offers and brand new product line arrivals. By offering a diverse range of DIY, Electrical, Home Appliance Spares , Consumables, Accessories, Small Domestic Appliances, Houseware, Floorcare, Garden and much more Qualtex / JEGS truly are a “one stop, one basket spend” saving you time and money. We […]

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11.10

Members and even bira’s former CEO receive gongs at the glittering Excellence in Housewares Awards

400 suppliers and retailers from across the housewares sector attended this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards. The deserving winners, which included Potters Cookshop, who won a hattrick of awards, were recognised for their formidable achievements across product and retail. Former CEO Alan Hawkins was also thrilled to receive the Honorary Achievement Award. The event, organised […]

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10.10

The fight continues as the House of Commons debate bira’s Business Rates Proposal

This week, independent retailing champion Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP took bira’s proposal for a £12,000 allowance for small businesses, instead of the current threshold to the House of Commons for an Adjournment Debate answered by Mel Stride MP – the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. This vital debate for independent retailers focused […]

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09.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck. In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the government […]

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19.10

Changes to HSBC and Global Payments crediting timescales

MEMBERS WHO BANK with HSBC and receive next-day cleared funds will have received a letter recently explain-ing changes to their next-day crediting scheme. Transactions will now appear at 11am the next day, rather than 9am, which is the current arrangement. Those members who bank with HSBC but are not on next-day cleared funds will have […]

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