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Bira urges vigilance against loan fee fraud following FCA guidance.

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New research shows UK retail sector powered by entrepreneurs and start-ups

9 Jan 2024

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Independent Retailers Association warns of difficult year ahead.

8 Jan 2024

The British Independent Retailers Association has said 2024 is anticipated to be a challenging period for shop keepers as economic challenges are still set to bite.
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Indie Retail Christmas Opening Hours

20 Dec 2023

The Indie Retail office will be open as usual (9am-5pm) for the majority of the Christmas period, with some exceptions.
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Bira CEO addresses surge in retail crime on the BBC

19 Dec 2023

Bira's CEO, Andrew Goodacre, took the spotlight on BBC Breakfast this week and later spoke with Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live, shedding light on the rise in retail crime and shop theft,... Read more…

Dress shop crowned winner of Cambridge Christmas shop window competition.

18 Dec 2023

Dress shop Pocket Watch & Petticoats in Trinity Street has been crowned the winner in Cambridge BID’s Christmas window competition.
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Bira issues guide to protecting yourself against festive cyber scams

18 Dec 2023

In the age of online shopping, the pursuit of the best deals during the festive season is increasingly common. However, as consumers flock to virtual marketplaces, cybercriminals are seizing the... Read more…

Shoplifting now among the most common crime against small firms

18 Dec 2023

Fresh evidence about the increasing problem of thefts from shops has been revealed amid a warning that organised shoplifting is now among the most common type of crimes against small firms.
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Indie Retailers in York to get funding boost from City Council

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Groups of independent retailers in York are to receive a £25,000 funding boost to help with promotion during the Christmas trading period and to attract more customers in 2023.

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Traders’ associations and groups in Acomb, Goodramgate, Haxby and Wigginton, and Bishy Road will benefit from the funding pot to drive inclusive growth in the city’s small and ‘micro’ business sector.

The financial support comes from City of York Council’s Independent Retail Fund and follows previous funds provided by the council to help local businesses continue recovering from the pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, the council has focused on supporting the city’s small and independent sector, in total allocating over £9m in discretionary and local funding alongside advice and other support.

This latest funding will support retailers’ efforts to attract shoppers during the 2022 festive season and at Easter in 2023. This will include Christmas markets and Christmas lights displays, small music festivals and Easter-related celebrations.

City of York Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, Ashley Mason, commented:

“York’s vibrant small and independent business sector is the backbone of our city’s economy. They have had to weather some extremely difficult times over the last few years and the Council has done as much as possible to provide support throughout it.

“This latest set of funding will support our retailers’ efforts over the coming festive season and support them as they continue to grow and adapt.”

“There are some very exciting plans in store by traders across the city, so I would urge residents and visitors to support our businesses and shop local. Christmas particularly is a great time to support our local businesses by purchasing unique gifts and local produce.”

The project is one of eight key, one-off projects to support inclusive growth in York.

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