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Business rate reform called for as industry reacts to landslide Labour election win

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Following Labour’s general election win, the retail industry has stressed the need for a business rates overhaul to protect high streets across the country.
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Following Labour’s landslide Election victory, Bira, the British Independent Retailers Association, has urged the new government to make good on its promise of change by prioritising the... Read more…

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A family-owner retailer in Inverness, Begg Shoes, has been named Best Independent Footwear Retailer at the 2024 Drapers Footwear Awards, held annually to celebrate the outstanding achievements... Read more…

'Pay-as-you-feel' barber wins hairdressing award

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A man who offers "pay-as-you-feel" haircuts has been named the UK's best barber.
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The Times publishes its list of the seven best shopping streets in the UK

24 Jun 2024

The Times has just published its list of the seven best shopping streets in the UK.
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Indie retail village wins Hospitality Hero Velvet Award for 2024

24 Jun 2024

An independent retail village in Ely that celebrates its one-year anniversary this month has won the Hospitality Hero Velvet Award for 2024.
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Bike shop owner slams police’s “abject apathy” after three shops broken into in one night

24 Jun 2024

A cycle shop owner has criticised the police’s “abject apathy” towards bike theft after thieves attempted to break into his store for the second time in a year, on the same... Read more…

A simple comparison of the General Election manifestos

24 Jun 2024

With less than three weeks to go until the General Election, Bira has produced a simple table comparing manifestos for Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Reform UK, and... Read more…

Independents Day message - supporting independent shops boosts local jobs and economies.

24 Jun 2024

With the annual Independents’ Day weekend coming up on July 6th and 7th, independent retailers have been reinforcing the message that supporting independent shops boosts... Read more…

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Taunton book shop to host three talks from climate specialists ahead of election

Posted on in Business News

Independent Taunton book shop Brendon Books is to host talks from climate specialists ahead of the general election.

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The shop has collaborated with Climate Action Taunton to organise three talks to help voters make an informed decision and ensure a 'cleaner, greener and a fairer future' on Thursday, July 4.

A spokesperson said: "Brendon Books and Taunton Literary Festival in association with green groups in Taunton are delighted to bring you three distinguished authors discussing the climate and the ecological emergencies and  their impacts.

"Strengthening partnerships between political and social movements is essential for driving positive change on climate, ecological, and social justice issues.

"These talks aim to amplify the community voices and ensure that they are heard loudly and clearly.

"Fostering an ongoing dialogue before, during and after the general election to support policy makers and to hold them accountable."

The dates and times of the three talks are as follows:

  • Bill McGuire - 24 June, 6.30pm: Bill is Professor Emeritus of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at UCL a Co-director of the New Weather Institute. He will talk about climate policy and  its relationship to climate triggers causing catastrophic events such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
  • Roger Morgan-Grenville - 27 June, 6.30pm: Roger is a writer, speaker and campaigner on conservation. As a storyteller, he believes strongly in the power of persuasion and entertainment in the battle to halt decline and promote regeneration. He will give an overview on nature restoration and activism.
  • Vikki Herd - 1 July, 6.30pm: As well as being a major bug lover and author of a recent book on rebugging the planet, she is also the Strategic Lead on Agriculture and the Wildlife Trusts  and also a part-time expert consultant. She will talk about how national policy can influence our farming and wildlife.

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