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16.05

Offensive Weapons Act receives Royal Assent

New legislation paves the way for Knife Crime Prevention Orders   The Offensive Weapons Act has today (Thursday 16 May) received Royal Assent, bringing in tough new measures that strengthen law enforcement’s response to violent crime. The Act will make it illegal to possess dangerous weapons in private, including knuckledusters, zombie knives and death star […]

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15.05

Time to engage with innovation says CEO, Andrew Goodacre

On his travels CEO Andrew Goodacre has been inspired by new ideas OVER THE PAST couple of months I have been trying to visit as many members as possible, often at branch meetings, to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by our independent retailer community. Common themes have emerged: diversity, plus innovation to engage […]

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10.05

The Pension Regulator has gone from collecting £22,500 to £53,768,808 in 5 years

Bryan Stott, Corporate Consultant for workplace pensions comments on The Pension Regulator crackdown.  Yes those figures are correct, if only it was my pension fund! I would not be penning this article but sipping my pina colada on my yacht moored in a secluded bay in the Caribbean. The £22,500 was the total amount collected […]

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10.05

Independent retailer exceeds previous years’ annual online turnover in just one month!

It’s been another disappointing year for the high street, but there has been some very good news for one independent retailer. Sarah at Artichoke has seen her profits soar, despite the declining footfall, and recounts how in just one month she exceeded her previous year’s entire online annual turnover! These are huge statistics and Sarah […]

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07.05

Over 275 brands to be seen at Exclusively 2019

Momentum is building for the 2019 Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical. It’s the housewares show not to be missed. There’s an outstanding show lined up with 32 fantastic new exhibitors bringing the show total to 149 exhibitors. The myriad of exciting new exhibitors will bring a fresh dynamic to the show and are sure to […]

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09.05

QSM Q1 2019 – An encouraging start to the year

Sales were up for Cookshop & Housewares, Clothing & Footwear and Furniture, Floor Coverings, Beds and Soft Furnishings independent retailers between January and March 2019, whilst Health Store and Department Stores struggle. The overall picture from Bira’s exclusive Quarterly Sales Monitor (QSM) for the first quarter of 2019 is one of encouragement, with many of […]

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03.05

Connect launch their new catalogue – Bigger and Better for 2019!

For the first time ever, Connect Distribution have launched a Spring/Summer catalogue to their customer base of independent retailers in the home appliance industry. This new catalogue will be released in addition to their annual Autumn/Winter catalogue. Releasing not one, but two catalogues a year benefits both the independent retailers Connect Distribution supplies and the […]

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30.04

Treasury Committee brings its Business Rates inquiry to Birmingham to hear from independent retailers

The Treasury Committee together with the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) are hosting an event about Business Rates and the effect they have on independent retailers and our high streets, on the 20th May. The event will bring together a number of business associations, businesses of all sizes, sole traders, as well as the committee members, […]

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24.04

Remarkable Retailers: UK’s 14 most innovative independents announced

Vend and the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) launch ‘Remarkable Retailers’ campaign to champion innovation among independent stores. 14 businesses are selected from a long list of over 1,000 retailers nationally. Vend and the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) have today announced a campaign called ‘Remarkable Retailers’, which underlines 14 outstanding contributions to local high […]

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29.03

Draper Tools hits a century

BIRA DIRECT SUPPLIER Draper Tools is celebrating 100 years in business this year. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the business is still family-owned, run today by the fourth generation. With a well-established reputation for supplying hand and power tools for both professional tradesmen and serious enthusiasts, Draper Tools offers more than 11,000 product lines. […]

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