Post Office Benefits at Risk

14 September 2020

Martyn Day, the Member of Parliament for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, raised the plight of 300,000 vulnerable people in DWP questions today.

NFRN welcomes government’s commitment to act on £200 retail theft threshold

7 July 2020

The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has today welcomed the government’s commitment to act on members’ concerns about the £200 “low value shop theft” threshold.

Assault on Retail Workers Bill passes first stage

17 March 2020

The NFRN has welcomed the unanimous passing of the Assault on Retail Workers Bill through its first stage in Parliament yesterday the 16th of March 16.

Budget 2020: 100% Business Rate Relief

11 March 2020

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.

It's Not Part of the Job

11 March 2020

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.


Business Rates Retail Discount Increased from 30% to 50%

27 January 2020

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. 

Second Queen's Speech of 2019

19 December 2019

The second Queen's Speech fo 2019 is one of the most wide ranging and important of recent years - especially with the mandate to deliver resulting from the election.

Retail Priorities for the New Government

13 December 2019

After years of parliamentary chaos, the majority that has been secured should mean that the Government can now develop a clear strategy to help us address the challenges facing independent businesses.

NFRN talks about retail crime with candidates

NFRN Shares Crime Concerns with Dudley South parliamentary candidate

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.

NFRN Highlights Minimum Wage Fears

3 October 2019

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents has made the government aware of retailers’ concerns about plans to an increase to the minimum wage.

Freight off the Road meeting in Parliament

4 September 2019

Rail Operations Group took its proposals for inter-modal rail freight services to Parliament to highlight the economic, environmental and safetly benefits of the technology today.

ROG Welcomes Potential Independent Body for Transport

16 July 2019

Rail Operations Group Welcomes the Move towards an Independent Body to run the railways.

Treasury Committee Meets Indepedent Retailers

20 May 2019

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.

NFRN Launches Independent Retail Report

14 May 2019

NFRN President Mike Mitchelson laid bare the challenges facing NFRN members to MP David Hanson when the Federation’s Independent Retail Report was launched at a reception in the House of Commons.

Treasury Committee in Birmingham

Wednesday 1 May 2019

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.

MPs Debate Retail Violence

Wednesday 11 April 2019

On Wednesday, MPs debated the issue of retail crime and heard a call from the Minister for retailers to submit evidence on violence and abuse towards shop staff. 

MPs Debate Business Rates

Monday 8 April 2019

Away from debating Brexit, MPs still found time to debate the important issue of business rates and the negative impact they are having on independent retailers. 

Steve McCabe MP takes over the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime 

11 March 2019

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 High Streets and Town Centres in 2030 Report gives hope to independent retailers

21 February 2019

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.

Parliamentary Roundtable on Getting Freight off the Road 

29 January 2019

A number of Parliamentarians took a break from the Brexit votes to discuss issues around getting freight off the road.

Victoria Atkins commits to tackling retail violence

29 January 2019

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.

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