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22.05

Free webinar will show you how to work safely

Independent retailers are invited to a free webinar about how to make your workplace covid-secure. The Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting the online event on Thursday, May 28, from 11am. This webinar is designed to be relevant for shops and branches: • This guidance covers shops that are currently […]

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21.05

Restrictions to start being lifted in Scotland

Garden centres will be allowed to reopen in Scotland from next week under the first phase of restrictions being eased. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today that garden centres and recycling facilities will allowed to reopen, and outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, tennis and bowls will be permitted again from May 28. Outdoor […]

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20.05

When can you claim for Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)?

Bira members looking to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments for employees absent because of Covid-19 will be able to do so from next week. HMRC’s new online portal will launch next Tuesday, May 26, as part of the Government’s package of support measures for small and medium-sized businesses affected by the pandemic. This […]

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20.05

Bira and the London Mayor urge retailers to help make face coverings widely available

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is working in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to ensure hardware stores and other retailers can meet demand for face coverings. The joint effort follows London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s advice – and that of central government – that users of public transport, and places where social distancing […]

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19.05

Boost to business support for retailers in Northern Ireland

Bira members in Northern Ireland could be eligible for extra support after a further £213m rates package for businesses was announced today (Tuesday, May 19). Finance Minister Conor Murphy says the funds are in addition to the £100m scheme announced in March which gave all businesses a three month rates holiday. The new scheme, developed with […]

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14.05

Bira calls for clarity over government’s reopening guidance

Bira is calling for more clarity over new government guidance on the type of shops which can now reopen. According to a new document, homeware stores can now reopen along with garden centres, as of yesterday (Wednesday, May 13). The move follows Boris Johnson’s televised address to the nation on Sunday revealing a phased exit […]

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14.05

Global Payments rates reduction

Bira has stepped up its support package for its members during the coronavirus crisis. Bira is boosting its offering to members by negotiating a better deal for users of card processing service Global Payments. Members can now take advantage of greatly reduced credit card rates, and removal of PCI Compliance Fees – worth at least […]

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13.05

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – what you need to claim it

The Government’s online portal to claim from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened this morning (Wednesday, May 13). Anyone eligible for this scheme should have received notification from HMRC via a letter, text message or email. To make an application, claimants will need: Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) – if you do not […]

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12.05

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to open

The online portal to apply for the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13). Those who may be eligible for the scheme should have received a text, letter or email from HMRC with details of the application process. It is understood that, if successful, the claim will be paid by May […]

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12.05

Furlough scheme extended until October

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until October. The announcement was made in Parliament this afternoon and means the Government will continue to pay 80% of wages, to a maximum of £2,500 a month, for furloughed staff. However, from August to October there will be greater flexibility so furloughed employees […]

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