Commons Debate on bira's Business Rate Proposal

12 October 2018

This week, independent retailing champion Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP took bira’s proposal for a £12,000 allowance for small businesses, instead of the current threshold to the House of Commons for an Adjournment Debate answered by Mel Stride MP – the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. 

bira Takes its Business Rates Proposal to Parliament

11th September 2018

bira asked MPs to consider changing the current £12,000 threshold to an allowance, as a much-needed short-term solution. It is bira’s belief that an allowance would help the majority of small retail businesses and make the difference between closing or surviving in 2018 and beyond.

Keystone Consulting Chairs The NFRN Retail Crime Panel at the NFRN National Conference

12th June 2018

The NFRN Conference opened on 11thJune 2018 in Torquay, with Kevin Foster MP taking the platform to ensure that delegates knew they had his support and that he understood the pressures that were currently hitting the high street, for example retail crime. He told the 250 attendees that he knew smaller retailers on the frontline needed extra protection and faster response times from police in order to reverse the worrying increase in retail crime.

Stephen Hammond MP on the launch of the APPG on Retail Crime

17th April 2018

Stephen Hammond MP makes a statement on the new All Party Parliamentry Group on Retail Crime.

Announcing The Launch of the APPG on Retail Crime

8th March 2018

Following on from NFRN’s successful launch of the Independent Retail Report on 20th February 2018, we can now announce that the AGM for the re-established APPG on retail crime is happening on 14th May in Room P of Portcullis House.  

Launch of NFRN's Independent Retail Review

20th February 2018

To highlight the issues affecting independent retailers, former NFRN member Martin Vickers MP hosted a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on the 20th February to support the launch of the 2018 Independent Retail Report.


Transport Select Committee Chair meets UK railway suppliers in Derby to debate rail funding and Brexit

8th Dec 2017 

Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair of the UK Parliament Transport Select Committee, met with rail sector suppliers today in Derby to discuss rail funding and Brexit related issues. At a roundtable meeting specially organised by the Railway Industry Association, the trade body for UK railway suppliers, she urged rail companies to submit evidences by the deadline of 18 December, ahead of the Committee’s Inquiry into rail infrastructure investment.

Business rates were on the top of the agenda when bira visited Downing Street

23rd August 2017

bira met with Jimmy McLoughlin, who was previous deputy head of policy and head of external relations at the IoD before he moved to his special adviser role at number 10.  This allowed bira to discuss the nub of the high street problems with the business relations specialist.

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