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14.04

Banks still failing small retail businesses, says Bira

High street lenders are failing to ‘rise to the challenge’ of supporting small retail businesses during the Covid-19 crisis, according to Bira. Andrew Goodacre, Bira’s CEO, said new government figures revealing that only 1.4% of applications for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme had been successful were ‘no surprise’. The figures have been released almost […]

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14.04

Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival postponed

The Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival has been postponed until next year, it has been announced.   The 2020 edition of Home & Gift will now take place in Harrogate on July, 18-21, 2021, due to the continuing Covid-19 crisis. Show director Kelly Grant said: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement […]

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09.04

Letter from the Secretary of State, Alok Sharma, to those working in retail

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, addresses all those in the retail sector to offer thanks to those who are working during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  In the letter, addressed to ‘everyone working in the retail sector‘, Alok Sharma says “I know that these are challenging and uncertain times, in particular […]

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06.04

Bira fight ‘anomaly’ in government grant funding

Bira is highlighting an ‘anomaly’ in government grant funding meaning small independent retailers could be missing out on £15,000 Covid-19 cash. According to real estate advisory firm Altus Group almost 3,700 small shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants could miss out on the money. An early payment of business rates totalling around £3.4 billion was made […]

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03.04

Emergency bank loans will be easier to recieve, says Chancellor

Bira is backing today’s Government announcement that Covid-19 bank loans will be easier to apply for and receive. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said there will be changes to proposed government assistance measures, after the banks were criticised making it too difficult for businesses seeking help. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will be easier to […]

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02.04

Bira welcomes Government pledge to pressure banks into making Covid-19 cash accessible

The Government’s pledge to pressure the banks to ease up lending to small businesses has been welcomed by Bira.  Last night (April 1), Business Secretary Alok Sharma called on high street lenders to ease access to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS) for small independent retailers during the crisis. His intervention comes following reports […]

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01.04

Scottish politicians ‘moving proverbial goalposts’ in allocation of Covid-19 grants, says Bira

The Scottish Government is ‘moving proverbial goalposts’ in allocation of the coronavirus support grants, says Bira. Bira has added its voice to a growing number of trade groups lobbying Scottish parliament over restrictions to the pledged £25,000 grants. The trade groups, which includes the Scottish Retail Consortium, has written to Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP […]

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31.03

Members’ survey: ‘Banks are failing independent retailers in Covid-19 crisis’

High street banks are failing to support small independent retailers in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, a new members’ survey by the Bira has revealed. Bira asked its members three key questions about the support they’ve received following the outbreak of coronavirus – and the results show a large majority are getting little or no […]

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30.03

L. G. Harris & Co. Ltd temporarily closes Bromsgrove Factory

Due to the current Covid-19 virus, L.G. Harris & Co. Ltd. is to temporarily close its factory on Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior to protect its 280 strong work force. The closure is effective immediately and this will be reviewed in line with Government guidelines on a daily basis. Some L.G. Harris employees will continue to […]

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31.03

Denby ceases production operations until further notice

Over the past week Denby has followed Government advice to move employees to home working where possible, close retail stores and is now in the process of temporarily closing down our manufacturing operations so that by Friday 27th March we will have ceased production operations until further notice. A small business continuity team of employees […]

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