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02.12

Bira Direct announce new supplier TB Davies

Cardiff based ladder supplier TB Davies are the latest supplier to join Bira Direct. TB Davies are a company with heritage spanning four generations and celebrate their 75th anniversary this year, supplying products for working at a height. TB Davies have a modern three and a half acre facility in Cardiff Bay where they ensure […]

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01.12

SIP offers additional credit to members in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

SIP is working towards ensuring our business with customers in both the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland, continues smoothly beyond the Brexit Deadline date of 31 December 2020. Once SIP’s arrangements are firmed up, they will update you with the details, which we intend will remove any additional work from our customers when trading […]

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30.11

Bira Direct Christmas Competition Off to a Jolly Start

Despite launching during the second national lockdown, the Bira Direct Christmas Display competition has got off to a cracking start. The competition aims to find the best Christmas display from an independent retail business. This can be a traditional shop window display or a display area. Bira Direct would like to thank everyone who has […]

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30.11

A wide range of new suppliers now available through Bira Direct

Bira Direct welcome seven new suppliers in Q3 and Q4 The Bira Direct team has been working hard to continue to negotiate competitive terms with a wide range of new suppliers, providing product buying solutions over a wide range of categories including lighting, pets, childrens toys and more. Forum Lighting Solutions Forum Lighting solutions are […]

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25.11

Creative Party Launch New User-Friendly Trade Website

Leading partyware supplier, Creative Party, have launched an empowering new B2B ecommerce website for their customers around the globe, giving them the ability to manage and place their orders on demand. b2b.creativepartyltd.com provides retailers with quick and convenient access to trend-led, high-quality party and cake decorating products, across all the company’s leading brands. Designed to […]

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23.11

Service update and thank you from Toolstream CEO Darrell Morris

Bira Direct supplier Toolstream send a service update to members regarding stock levels due to Covid-19 and Brexit. During these challenging times, I wanted to reach out to give you an update on what we’re doing to make sure we get your orders to you as quickly and safely as possible. Things are a little […]

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23.11

Captivate Brands reduce minimum orders for carriage paid deliveries

In light of the restrictions and tough lockdown measures in place, Captivate Brands would like to offer a reduced minimum order value for carriage paid deliveries for Bira members until Christmas. The minimum order for carriage paid will now be £250 ex VAT (usually £350), customers can also break packs and mix across the four […]

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20.11

Bira Direct announce new supplier Falcon Panel Products

Bira Direct are excited to announce new supplier Falcon Panel Products. Founded in 1986 Falcon Panel Products is a leading wood based panel products importer, distributor and solutions specialist. Falcon Panel products have a on-site port facility at Tilbury and depots in Nottingham, West Bromwich, Haydock, Leeds, High Wycombe and Gateshead and are strategically located […]

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13.11

A New Era Of Trolley Bags

British Reusable Shopping Bag Company Rebrand and Launch New Product After Surge in Consumers Usage During Pandemic 2020 has seen consumer shopping habits change dramatically due to Coronavirus, meaning Trolley Bags have never been more useful. Shoppers are wanting less contact in stores so are turning to the reusable shopping bag system as another way […]

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06.11

Basket Bonus

Basket Bonus Increasing your customers spend by encouraging impulse purchases are a key way to maximise your profits. By placing small CDU’s or display units by the till you can encourage customers to pick up extra items and add them to their baskets. We’ve included products ideal for impulse purchases across DIY & Hardware, Cookshop […]

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06.11

The Roaring Twenties

A new take on Art Deco for the 21st century – New Deco. As we reach the 2020s we see the 1920’s influence across home and giftware. The opulence and indulgence of the roaring twenties are met with a twenty-first century minimalism. The Art Deco influence sees rich jewel and navy hues and extravagant gilded […]

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04.09

A Meaningful Life

A Meaningful Life – Well being, wellness and calm carry over into Spring 2020 The 2020 Tokyo Olympics provides inspiration across cookshop & housewares and gifting & lifestyle. With a focus on the imperfect and Japanese mending techniques, consumers are looking at repurposing, repairing and reusing household items. The colour pallet is soft with fresh […]

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06.11

Made in the UK

Made in the UK Heritage brands such as Denby and Wax Lyrical show that products made in the UK are synonymous with quality. Brexit uncertainty has made shoppers more aware of where their purchases come from and the potential change in the cost of products that come from the EU. And, if this wasn’t enough […]

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06.11

Cleaning is Cool

Cleaning is Cool Cleaning has become cool in 2019 with instagram stars such as Mrs Hinch and TV personalities such as Marie Kondo with hordes of social media followers heading to the shops to buy the latest cult cleaning products. The trend has no sign of slowing down as we head into 2020, with a […]

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04.09

The Italian Suite

Inspired by Italy, citrus hues of yellow, orange and green are a fresh trend for 2020. Homeowners are looking for bolder, joyful and more daring design. It sees more kitsch and figurative products and bold patterns across gifting & lifestyle and cookshop & housewares. The Italian theme also sees painterly effects and hand painted designs […]

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04.09

DIY and Hardware

The Power of Cordless Universal batteries encourage customers to buy into a full range.  Developments in technology over the last ten years has improved cordless power tools; making them smaller, lighter, more energy efficient and more adaptable than clunkier corded alternatives. Consumers are choosing to purchase power tool ranges with universal batteries as developments in […]

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06.12

Footfall Drivers

Drive footfall to your independent business with the help of the bira direct Footfall Drivers campaign. Providing the leading industry trends and products all in one place.

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14.01

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06.11

Letter to Bira Direct Suppliers regarding the second national lockdown

Dear Valued Bira Direct Supplier, I am writing to you to provide an update on the work being carried out by Bira on the Industry behalf during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. On Thursday, November 5, 2020, all ‘non-essential’ retailers were required to close for the second time this year as part of the Government’s measures […]

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10.11

Christmas isn’t cancelled!
Bira Direct is launching a competition to find the best Christmas Display
from an independent retail business!

This year has been an incredibly difficult time for the high street and we’d like to thank our members for their continued resilience and positivity during this testing time. As always, we would like to encourage the public to shop local for Christmas despite the challenges national lockdown brings.  This year Bira Direct will be running a competition to find the […]

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29.10

DKB Christmas and New Year Closure 2020/2021

Christmas and New Year Closure 2020/2021 DKB’s office and warehouse will be closed between Christmas and New Year, with the last full working day being Thursday 23rd December 2020. They will open on Monday 4th January 2021. Pre-Christmas Delivery The last day to place orders for delivery before Christmas is Wednesday 16th December 2020 by […]

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27.10

Bira Direct announce new supplier Konstsmide

Konstsmide, established in Sweden in 1942, offer a wide range of lighting for function and for decoration. Including Christmas lighting and decorations for indoor and outdoor lighting solutions. The range includes: Indoor Lighting Christmas light sets Candlesticks Candles Decorations Trees Table decorations Stars Outdoor lights Wall lights Recessed and spotlights Post and pole lighting Smart […]

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20.10

Bira Direct announce new supplier Nordlux

Nordlux offers lighting products at attractive prices. Established in 1977, Nordlux have maintained a combination of sourced products and in-house design. Nordlux offers a broad range of all kinds of lighting; for both indoor and outdoor use. In recent years the Danish lighting producer Nordlux has been rewarded with no less than 7 international international […]

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16.10

Masons Timber updated product offer

Masons Timber will be discontinuing a selection of their sheet material (melamine, easipanel, particleboard, MDF, decorative screens and plywood), outdoor products (garden trellis, gates, fence panels and posts) and architectural handy packs. This is due to difficulties with supply, warehousing, distribution and decreasing demand. As a result once their current stocks are exhausted they will not […]

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13.10

Scrub Daddy Launch Limited Edition Halloween Shapes

As used by Instagram Cleanfluencers Trick or treat? Meet Frankenstein, Ghost and Pumpkin the newest members to join the Scrub Daddy family. But they won’t be around for long! These limited edition shapes are here to bring a smile to Halloween. With 2020 not being the year we all had in mind, Scrub Daddy are […]

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12.10

Bira Direct announce new supplier Fallen Fruits

Fallen Fruits is an established family business (trading since 1990) originally manufacturing ecological giftware with some of the original designs still in the range today. They have a wealth of experience in delivering products based on quality, design and specialising in categories such as Bird Care, Wildlife, Door Mats, Tools, Gardening Gloves, Terrariums, Resin Animals […]

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08.10

Draper Tools Launches Christmas Campaign

Festive Hub Retailers are being urged to begin their Christmas buying early this year to ensure stock availability, Bira Direct supplier Draper Tools have launched their own Festive Hub with more than 300 products at great preferential prices including stocking fillers and gifts for DIY enthusiasts, gardeners, car lovers and tradespeople. If you’re a Bira […]

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05.10

Everbuild announce price increase from 1st January 2021

Bira Direct supplier Sika Everbuild announce the increase of prices on specific product lines due to the increase in raw material and packaging costs as well as the impact of the plastic tax from 1st January 2021. As we are aware these are very challenging times for us all.  The recovery from COVID is well […]

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03.09

John Lewis open’s Christmas shop early – should you?

Department store giant John Lewis has signalled the ‘official’ launch of Christmas by opening it’s online Christmas shop 10 days earlier than last year. In a statement to the Guardian newspaper Jason Billings-Cray, John Lewis’s Christmas buyer, said: “Christmas always provides a reason for celebration and a welcome break. Understandably, it looks as if people […]

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01.06

Retail sector guidance published for Scotland

The Scottish Government has published its retail sector guidance to help prepare retail businesses to reopen. The guidance is applicable to all retailers in Scotland with immediate effect and includes the proposal that stores of all sizes will be able to open up to 800m squared of sales area from ‘Phase 2’ of their lockdown […]

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29.05

Reliable Source can now offer these two great Social Distancing Kits from Advance

Reliable Source can now offer these two great Social Distancing Kits from Advance Social Distance Kits According to recent UK Government’s guidance, social distancing rules are likely to remain in place for a long time and so with this in mind, businesses will have to adapt to new ways of operating, making sure that all […]

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12.05

Amefa launches dynamic new company to combat liquidation in tough trading times

With regret Amefa announces it’s likely liquidation on 13th May. However, they are delighted to announce that they have taken the decision to launch a dynamic new company Amefa GB Ltd to continue to supply their market leading products under their prestigious household brands Amefa and Richardson Sheffield. Amefa MD Richard Carr said: “ The […]

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11.05

Durston Garden Products Ltd Coronavirus Update

Bira Direct Supplier Durston Garden Products have taken the hard decision to stop taking orders from new customers. “I wanted to keep you up to date with our current position, during these very difficult, unprecedented times.  Due to a huge increase in demand for our products, we have taken the very hard decision to stop […]

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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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14.04

Behind the scenes at Le Creuset

Bira Direct supplier Le Creuset will feature in a BBC Two programme tonight (April 14, 2020). Inside the Factory, fronted by MasterChef host Gregg Wallace, will go behind the scenes at the Le Creuset foundry in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France. The programme will be screened at 9pm and explore the care and attention to detail that goes […]

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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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24.03

Important notice to Bira members regarding the use of Bira Direct

Following the latest Government announcement on the 23rd March 2020, all non-essential retail shops will be closed – Hardware stores are still allowed to open but we realise the high street will be much quieter in general – Bira Direct has had to take the difficult decision to suspend the invoicing facility through the Buying […]

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18.03

Harris adjusts sales team visits

Following the latest government guidance L G Harris have asked many of their staff to begin working from home. This includes the field sales team. Please see the statement from L G Harris below. Dear Customer, RE: Covid-19 Area Sales Manager visits In response to the guidelines set out by the Goverment in last night’s […]

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17.03

Bira Direct Product of the Month – EVO Lifestyle Products

The essential cleaning sponge from EVO Lifestyle products An official brand partner of Mrs Hinch the scrub daddy range has become a firm favourite in the cleaning category with customers. Scrub Daddy’s FlexTexture® changes texture based on your water temperature. Firm in cold water for tough scrubbing, soft in warm water for light cleaning He […]

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16.03

Bira Direct Supplier of the Month March 2020 – Primaflow

Primaflow is the largest distributor of plumbing fittings and related plumbing sundries. Primaflow offer a vast range of plumbing products and a next day delivery service, from their Birmingham distribution centre, with just a £50 minimum order. The cut of time for a next day delivery is 5pm. From copper fittings to drain cleaner, plastic […]

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17.02

Product of the month – T&G Woodware

Inspired by traditional British blooms and our respect and need to look after flowers and insects, swap out the everyday with this new range to brighten the kitchen for Spring. This blooming beautiful range of ceramic storage pieces includes store jars, utensil/bottle pot, butter dish, jug, round dish, salt and pepper shakers, FSC® certified beech […]

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17.02

Supplier of the month – Masons Timber Products

Masons Timber Products is the one-stop-shop for home improvement products. With over 80 years’ experience Masons Timber Products is one of the UK’s leading suppliers in the DIY, Merchant and Manufacturing sectors offering excellent service and value for money. Their product range includes mouldings, sheet materials, chipboard, plywood, gates and fencing. A comprehensive range of […]

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17.02

Hug Rug Launch New Range Made Entirely from Waste Plastic

Yorkshire-based manufacturers Phoenox Textiles have released their new Hug Rug Sense range, a collection of luxury mats and rugs. But Sense is more than your average rug collection, it is the latest sustainability innovation from the creators of Hug Rug, who have been crafting homewares from recycled products for over 10 years. Made entirely from […]

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17.02

Bira Direct launches new supplier House Name Plate Company UK

The House Nameplate Company are the UK’s leading supplier of personalised house signs and letterboxes to the High st. They have a turn around time frame of 5-7 working days from point of order to customer receipt of order using a tracked delivery. Additionally they supply house digits, lettercages, pet memorials, H&S signage, non personalised […]

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17.02

New Bira Direct Supplier Flambeau Europlast

Bira Direct are excited to welcome new supplier Flambeau Europlast, a UK manufacture of plastic mouldings with products across building, nursery, craft and storage ranges. Stadium Stadium Building Products are regarded as a market leading supplier for ventilation and building products. Stadium have been supplying many of the industry’s top retailers with high quality, innovative […]

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17.02

Bira Members meet Mary Berry at Spring Fair with Captivate Brands

Several Bira members had the pleasure of meeting Mary Berry, as she launched her new Signature collection and English Garden Collection through Bira Direct supplier Captivate Brands. Managing Director of Bira Direct, Jeff Moody said, “It was fantastic to see so many members interact with Mary as she explained the ranges and answered any questions. […]

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11.02

New Wineries for Berkmann Wine Cellars

Bira Direct supplier Berkmann Wine Cellars introduce new wineries from Greece, Georgia and Italy. Berkmann wine’s have paid special attention to the environmental impact their products have and have introduced a new rating system which identifies those suppliers who go above and beyond in their approach to environmental and social responsibility. “There has never been […]

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10.02

SIP announce possible price changes for April 2020

Bira Direct supplier SIP announce possible price changes for April 2020 Dear Valued Customer, After careful analysis of additional material and overhead costs SIP Industrial Products have encountered, we are writing to you to inform you that some SIP products may increase in price. A full price review will be conducted in the immediate future, […]

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10.02

Bonnington’s service update

Bira Direct supplier Bonningtons have issued an statement to customers regarding the Coronavirus and how it may effect trading this year. “To all of our customers, We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support last year. We hope you did not notice any change in service levels with our move to our […]

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