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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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23.04

Bira welcomes new protection for retailers from aggressive debt recovery

Temporary new measures to protect small businesses against aggressive debt recovery during the Covid-19 crisis have been welcomed by Bira.  Today (April 23), Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced landlords and investors will be asked to work collaboratively with high street businesses unable to pay their bills through the coronavirus pandemic. The measures – introduced under […]

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23.04

Join live online chat with Bira CEO

Bira members are invited to submit their questions to a live online chat with CEO Andrew Goodacre. Localise – a pioneering new shopping app for independent retailers – is hosting the Q&A as part of its We are in this Together small business community initiative on Facebook next Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 11am. Andrew […]

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22.04

Bira members share inspiring stories of lockdown life

From making scrubs for NHS staff to providing bags of books for disadvantaged children, Bira members have been helping communities across the UK cope during the coronavirus outbreak. Bira asked members to share their experiences amidst the countrywide lockdown – and the stories reveal an uplifting sense of community spirit and creativity in a crisis. […]

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