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Bira leads £1 billion damages claim against Amazon by UK retailers in landmark collective action

12 Jun 2024

A £1 billion damages claim has been filed against Amazon on behalf of retailers selling on Amazon’s UK marketplace for illegally misusing their data and manipulating the Amazon Buy... Read more…

Bira responds to KPMG Retail Sales Monitor report

10 Jun 2024

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has responded to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for May 2024.
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Small independent Harrogate shop does it again at the national level with new awards glory

10 Jun 2024

Independent Harrogate computer shop Phase 4 Computers has been named as a finalist in the Tech Awards 2024.
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Knutsford fashion show highlights town's 'amazing independent shops'

10 Jun 2024

Independent boutiques in Knutsford have teamed up once again to showcase their new designs at the third Flash Fashion.
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Increasing numbers of UK consumers limiting their spending to goods on promotion

10 Jun 2024

Research of over 1,000 UK shoppers by Pricer shows 27% now only buy grocery items which are on offer – a +6 percentage increase compared to 2023. 
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Taunton book shop to host three talks from climate specialists ahead of election

10 Jun 2024

Independent Taunton book shop Brendon Books is to host talks from climate specialists ahead of the general election.
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Bira releases new podcast exploring accessibility on the High Street

3 Jun 2024

The British Independent Retailers Association has released the second episode of its 'High Street Matters' podcast series, this time tackling the important issue of accessibility for independent... Read more…

Independent Retailers Association Survey Shows Challenging Q1 for Traders

29 May 2024

Many independent retailers across the UK faced a difficult start to 2024 according to a new survey by Bira, the British Independent Retailers Association and the Association of Cycle Traders... Read more…

Harrogate record shop marks 30th anniversary with vinyl revival

29 May 2024

P&C Music – Harrogate's oldest independent record shop – is celebrating its 30th anniversary, having become a mecca for vinyl record fans in a wide variety... Read more…

Crickhowell’s Book-ish crowned best independent bookshop in UK and Ireland

28 May 2024

 A Powys bookshop has been named as the best independent in the UK and Ireland.
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Cost of living crisis forcing Britons to shun local for big brands

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Creative News, Outdoor News

National media has reported that most Britons say that the cost-of-living crisis is forcing them to shun local shops in favour of big brands to get the cheapest prices.

In research commissioned by Santander UK, eight in ten claim the rising cost of living is forcing them to shop with big brands and national retailers to get the cheapest possible prices, even though many would prefer to shop local.

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Just 21% of those surveyed said they like to support small, local shops due to better customer service, distinctive products and a sense of community.

Meanwhile, a disturbing 80% of SMEs said they were struggling to compete with lower prices offered by national brands, while 72% said they were losing customers over it.

As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, 73 % felt that the current economic climate makes it harder for them to compete. More than two thirds of small shops admitted that spiralling inflation had forced them to raise prices.

This has also hurt their customer base, with 42% of individuals saying that soaring bills and mortgage rates have already forced them to look for the cheapest available options.

This comes after a relative boom for local shop owners, which saw 67% of SMEs receive an influx of customers during the pandemic, dissipated.

More than half of consumers said that they had tried harder to support smaller retailers between March 2020 and 2022. Those numbers have fallen this year as a quarter of shoppers have scaled back their local spending due to rising costs, despite 47% enjoying the friendliness of local outlets.

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