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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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Warwickshire County Council launches campaign to promote Christmas shopping at independent businesses

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A Christmas campaign encouraging Warwickshire’s independent town businesses to shout about why shoppers should buy from them this year is making a comeback.


The Warwickshire Christmas campaign, organised by Warwickshire County Council, is returning this year to highlight the quality businesses in the county’s towns and villages and to encourage customers to shop locally for their gifts this year.

The drive is being supported by a social media campaign by Warwickshire Towns Network, where a festive mix of Warwickshire’s independent shops are being showcased in the run up to the big day.

Throughout November and December, the campaign will show off businesses and their gift ideas all over the county and showcase individual towns and villages where residents and visitors can shop.

And Warwickshire’s independent businesses, along with other organisations, are being encouraged to get involved by using the hashtag #WarwickshireChristmas and sharing their own Christmas content online.

The new campaign follows similar support drives over the last couple of years to help businesses bounce back from both Covid and the subsequent cost of living crisis.

Cllr Martin Watson, portfolio holder for economy at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Showcasing the incredible businesses we have in Warwickshire is vitally important in the run-up to Christmas, so we’re delighted to be relaunching this campaign once again.

“Christmas is such a key time for our high street retailers, and we have so many in our county that can provide the perfect gifts for loved ones this year.

“Buying local not only supports local businesses – it often means getting that extra level of customer service and satisfaction that is difficult to replicate with large multinationals.

“We are looking forward to seeing our residents getting involved with the campaign by using the hashtag #WarwickshireChristmas, and seeing customers praising their favourite shops too.”

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