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Protect high-street traders with more measures - Bira

17 September 2020

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for new measures to protect high-street traders.

Bira’s call follows data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), revealing high-street recovery from the impact of Covid-19 remains slow.

The measures have also been set out in anticipation, and to mitigate the impact, of further local or national lockdowns.
They include:

  • Confirmation from the Government that business rates will not be reintroduced in April 2021
  • Consideration and implementation of a voucher scheme, similar to the Eat Out to Help Out initiative, in the run up to Christmas
  • Support for retailers looking to launch or expand their online presence.

Bira also wants to reassure customers that shopping is safe.

Andrew Goodacre (pictured) Bira's CEO, said: "The evidence suggests that retail is not a catalyst for spreading the disease. I want to remind people shopping is safe and that retailers have safety measures in place."

He is advising Bira members - and other independent retailers - to use the opportunity to make their premises feel safer and even more personal.

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