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.

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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