The government had already announced that their proposed business rates retail discount would increase from one third to 50% - a great success for bira (British Independent Retail Association) who have been campaigning for this discount over the last two years.
Members of the Association of Convenience Stores, British Retail Consortium, National Federation of Retail Newsagents and the shopworkers union, USDAW, presented a united voice to Government at a parliamentary event on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence against shopworkers.
The retail discount, which is available for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 tax years, currently allows qualifying businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 a third off their business rates bills on top of any other reliefs for which they are eligible.
Dudley South parliamentary candidate Mike Wood, who was previously PPS to the Home Secretary, took time out from the general election campaign to discuss retailers' concerns about retail crime with representatives from the NFRN.
Nicky Morgan, Steve Baker, Alison McGovern and Clive Betts (brought the Treasury Committee’s enquiry into business rates to Birmingham today, to speak to a number of independent retailers at the British Independent Retailers Association’s (Bira) Head Office.
Following the promotion of Stephen Hammons to Health Minister in November 2018, Selly Oak MP Steven McCabe has kindly stepped in to Chair the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime. In this article for Fed, the newspaper of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, he explains where he hopes to take the group in the next year.
The House of Commons’ Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report into the future of high streets and town centres, comes as welcome news to independent retailers. With recommendations for rates reform, based on the suggestions put forward by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) and increased investment in town centres, business owners will be comforted to know that retail is still prominent in the vision for the future.
Further to a top level industry summit on retail crime in London last month that was attended by the NFRN and other stakeholders, Crime Minister Victoria Atkins attended the APPG on retail crime to engage with a number of cross party MPs to discuss implementation of her plans.