Bira to host summer tour of UK high streets

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) will head out on the road again this summer, giving helpful business advice to retailers across the country.

Bira will work with the seven winning locations of the 2014 Great British High Street competition, organised by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to spread the word about supporting local trade.

The winning locations were Norwich, Colwyn Bay in Wales, Belper in Derbyshire, Barnoldswick in North Yorkshire, Broxburn in West Lothian, Scotland, Wantage in Oxford and Kingston, London.

Bira will host free events in these locations, where retailers a range of ideas to save them time and money in areas such as pensions auto enrolment, business banking, card processing, marketing, legal advice and finding the right shop insurance.

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Bira National Membership manager Julie Conway said: “Independent retailers make our high streets diverse and exciting. They are the life-blood of our communities and without them we wouldn’t have high streets at all. A few simple changes could make all the difference when it comes to getting communities to return to the high street and spend more money.

“As an association that has supported independent retailers for over 116 years, we have a wealth of knowledge in how best to support retailers and help their bottom line. As well as specialist services, we lobby Government to make sure family-run and independent retailers’ views are heard. We are constantly learning from our members and have great examples of best practice that we want to share at our roadshows.”

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