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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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Retail workers face money challenges at alarming rate

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

The report, published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, found that 43% of surveyed employees in the retail sector had felt stressed or had experienced poor mental health within six months, with 27% saying this happens very often or all the time.

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Almost a quarter have endured burnout – a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by work-related stress.

As a result of the cost-of-living crisis and money-related stress, 57% of retail workers say they are less productive, with 16% taking more sick days and almost 23% are looking for a higher-paid job at work.

Of the retail workers surveyed, 73% feel negatively about their finances. Yet just 15% are offered financial wellbeing benefits by their employer, compared to 36% of employees in accounting, banking and finance.

This is despite 75% of staff wanting more support with their personal finances.

Of those surveyed, 36% say they would welcome one-to-one financial coaching provided at work and 37% would be open to using self-learning resources created by experts.

Claro Wellbeing head of employee wellbeing Stacey Lowman commented:

“Supporting staff financial wellbeing is just as important as supporting their mental and physical health – in fact, all three are linked.”

Last month, a poll revealed a rising abuse and violence committed against shopworkers in the UK, with 36% of customers witnessing retail workers being abused.

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