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Concerns expressed by retail leaders following Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

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Retail sector leaders have expressed a range of concerns, from taxation to business rates, following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement this week.
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The British Business Bank has launched a new guide aimed at smaller businesses to help them understand how different financial products can support them at all stages of their development.
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Indie Shops to Boycott Black Friday

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Independent retailers across the UK are set to defy the Black Friday sales frenzy for the third year running, according to a survey conducted by Bira, the British Independent Retailers... Read more…

Indie shops key to reversing fortunes of struggling high streets, new study shows.

20 Nov 2023

A focus on independent stores and ‘browse-only’ shops can help to reverse the fortunes of the struggling high street, new research shows.
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Bira sets out expectations for this month’s Budget.

15 Nov 2023

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), which works with over 6,000 independent businesses of all sizes across the UK, has outlined its expectations from the government... Read more…

Mixed picture on consumer spending plans for Christmas

7 Nov 2023

New survey data from Deloitte has shown a seven percentage-point rise in the number of UK consumers - from 19% in 2022 to 26% in 2023 - who intend to spend more in the last three months of 2023,... Read more…

Grants of up to £100,000 made available to boost Cornish High Streets

7 Nov 2023

Communities across Cornwall can now apply for grants of up to £100,000 to improve High Streets, the council has said.
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Warwickshire County Council launches campaign to promote Christmas shopping at independent businesses

6 Nov 2023

A Christmas campaign encouraging Warwickshire’s independent town businesses to shout about why shoppers should buy from them this year is making a comeback.
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New guides welcome on how to make shops more accessible for the elderly

Posted on in Business News, Creative News, Outdoor News

The International Longevity Centre has released new guides to show the steps retailers need to take to make their shops more accessible for the elderly.

Hints for shop accessibilityThe guides, which have been designed to promote a healthier and more inclusive retail environment, have been described by Bira as 'invaluable tools' for retailers striving to enhance the shopping experience for older customers and individuals with varying needs.

The comprehensive series of five guides has been designed to offer practical tips and knowledge to help retailers understand and address the potential challenges faced by older shoppers.

The guides offer recommendations and real-life examples and intend to help minimise the existing barriers that older people, individuals with limited mobility, or impaired vision, as well as those with caring responsibilities, might encounter while navigating local shopping environments.

It also provides useful signposts for further information and resources to aid retailers in improving their local shopping spaces.

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of Bira said: "People talk about the demise of high streets. There is no doubt they are changing and evolving, but they still play a major part in local communities. A healthy high street is good for the local economy, but it can also make a positive contribution to people’s lives. These guides offer valuable insight and tips for retailers to support healthy ageing and create business opportunities. Indie retailers care for their customers and the guide will only enhance the local shopping experience for everyone."

Click here to access the guides.

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