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18.06

Shops in Scotland can reopen on June 29 – under strict conditions

Shops of all sizes in Scotland will be able to reopen from Monday, June 29 – as long as they have outdoor entrances and exits. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for non-essential retail under Phase 2 in Scottish Parliament this afternoon. She said that from June 29 retail premises of all sizes can re-open, […]

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18.06

Social distancing kits help members welcome back customers

Bira members have given the thumbs up to a range of social distancing kits. Online supplier, Socialdistancingkits.co.uk, has been helping retailers welcome their customers back safely with their equipment which includes protective screens, sanitiser stations and pavement signs. The range has received endorsement from a number of Bira members,  including Tracy at Harvey’s of Halifax. She […]

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16.06

Bira fights for retailers who missed out on Covid-19 support

Bira has vowed to continue to fight for retailers who have missed out on government support. The pledge follows the findings of the Treasury Select Committee that one million people had missed out on receiving any financial support during the pandemic. The committee’s report is supported by Bira’s own research which revealed many of you […]

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15.06

Government’s letter of thanks to retailers

Bira members – and the wider non-essential retail sector – have been thanked for reopening their doors this week. In an open letter to the retail sector, the Government Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets Paul Scully thanks everyone for ‘rising to the challenges of Covid-19’. He also thanks those working in essential […]

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15.06

New guidance for retailers concerned about threat of Covid-related abuse

Bira Legal has put together a guide for retailers concerned about the increased threat of violence and abuse towards them, following the outbreak of Covid-19. Ellis Whittam -Bira’s legal partner – has created the guide after  a new survey indicated that violence and abuse of shop-workers has doubled in recent months. The poll was carried […]

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15.06

Task force launches new support for retailers

Bira members are urged to take advantage of some of the new support on offer from the High Street Task Force. The Government-funded group is offering a range of cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of its efforts to reopen safely from today (June 15) and support their […]

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12.06

Will you be #OpenForBusiness?

Non-essential retailers are encouraged to post pictures on social media as they reopen from Monday (June 15) using the hashtag #OpenForBusiness. The Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is launching the campaign next week to encourage people to visit shops that are reopening and to help retailers let people know that they […]

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10.06

Non-essential retail can reopen on Monday, says Business Minister

Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirmed last night (June 9) that non-essential shops can reopen on Monday – as long as they are Covid-secure. He said retailers can open as long as they follow safety guidelines – and complete the required risk assessment – or they could face enforcement notices. He also said pubs, bars, restaurants […]

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09.06

Bira Bank agrees loan repayment holidays totalling £1.662 million

Bira Bank has agreed to £1.662m worth of loan repayment holidays for Bira members since the outbreak of coronavirus.   The Bank approved over 100 repayment holidays for members across the UK, including a ladies’ fashion retailer who saw their online activity increase enough to bring furloughed staff back to work, and an outdoor gear […]

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09.06

Scottish grant scheme extended

Small retail businesses in Scotland, which share properties but do not pay business rates, are now eligible to apply for grants, it has been announced. The extension to the Small Business Grant Fund will apply to firms occupying shared office spaces, business incubators or shared industrial units and who lease the space from a registered, […]

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