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06.05

L. G. Harris & Co. Ltd. – COVID-19 update

L. G. Harris & Co. Ltd. (Orkla House Care UK) reopens Bromsgrove factory and warehouse after Covid-19 working practices review Following a review of the Bromsgrove site L. G. Harris & Co. Ltd are pleased to announce that we will reopen their factory and warehouse to take orders from Monday 4th May. New processes and […]

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06.05

Join free webinar on consumer behaviour

Bira members can gain an insight into how consumer behaviour, feelings and shopping habits have changed during the Covid-19 lockdown, in a free webinar.  As part of Rare Consulting’s Foresight Series of online presentations, members are invited to join the conversation tomorrow (Thursday, May 7, 2020) at 11am. The aim of the webinar is to […]

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05.05

Bira supports top-up scheme for local business grant funds

A new scheme to top-up local business grant funds has been welcomed by Bira. Bira has been pressuring the Government to go further in its grant scheme to accommodate small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. In response, Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced an extra £617m would be made available […]

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04.05

Government’s bounce back loan scheme now open

The Government’s new bounce back scheme, offering 100% taxpayer-backed loans for the UK’s smallest businesses, is now open. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the scheme last week. The scheme officially opened this morning and offers firms loans of up to £50,000 within days of applying. To access the loans – free of capital […]

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30.04

Revaluation of business rates postponed following pressure from Bira

A government plan to bring forward the next revaluation of business rates to April 1, 2021, has been shelved following pressure from Bira. Bira joined other heads of the retail sector in demanding that Chancellor Rishi Sunak withdraw ‘disastrous’ legislation, which was due to be discussed on Wednesday (April 29). However, on Monday (April 27), […]

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29.04

Bira’s CEO shares possible exit strategy

Brave, customer-focussed retailers who work closely with others in their community are most likely to survive in post-lockdown UK, according to Bira’s CEO. Andrew Goodacre has shared his thoughts for a possible exit strategy for the retail industry calling for restrictions to be first lifted for smaller shops and businesses. It comes as pressure mounts […]

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28.04

Bira calls on Chancellor to bin rates reform Bill

Bira is urging the Government to scrap plans to bring forward the next revaluation of business rates to April 1, 2021. Bira has joined other heads of the retail sector in calling Chancellor Rishi Sunak to withdraw ‘disastrous’ legislation, due to be discussed tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29). The Non-Domestic Rating (lists) Bill was introduced in the […]

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28.04

Bira welcomes 100% Government-backed loans for smallest businesses with bounce back loan scheme

Bira has welcomed a new Government bounce back scheme to offer 100% taxpayer-backed loans for the UK’s smallest businesses. Last night (April 27), Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the scheme would start next week offering firms loans of up to £50,000 within days of applying. To access the loans – free of capital […]

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24.04

Support The Rainy Day Trust’s 2.6 Challenge

There’s still time for Bira members to donate to The Rainy Day Trust‘s 2.6 Challenge. Bira’s partner charity is urging members to give £2.60 – or whatever they can afford – as part of a nationwide fundraiser from Sunday, April 26 – the day of the now-cancelled London Marathon. The 2.6 Challenge has been set […]

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24.04

New Covid-19 tests – who qualifies for one?

The Government has announced a new scheme to offer testing to key workers and their families displaying symptoms of Covid-19. Yesterday (April 23), Health Secretary Matt Hancock pledged that 100,000 tests a day would be made available for the 10 million people in England designated as essential workers, and their family members – if they […]

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