Tag Archives: British Retail Consortium

Jubilant improvement to UK footfall

There was an upsurge in the number of shoppers hitting high streets and retail centres over the Jubilee Bank Holiday, according the British Retail Consortium’s BRC-Sensormatic IQ data, as consumers took advantage of the long weekend and reasonable weather to get out and about.  Total UK footfall increased by 6.9% …

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Law firm Foot Anstey and the Retail Trust join forces for anti-harassment initiative

National law firm Foot Anstey LLP and the UK’s retail industry charity, the Retail Trust, have launched a new certification aimed at protecting and reassuring shop workers as they face rising levels of abuse and inappropriate behaviour.   Several well-known retailers are now in talks to commit to The Retailers Against …

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Retail prices still rising

According to the BRC-NielsonIQ Shop Price Index, shop price annual inflation accelerated to 1.8% in February, up from 1.5% in January. This is above the 12- and 6-month average price decrease of 0.3% and increase of  0.5%, respectively. This marks the highest rate of inflation since November 2011. Non-Food inflation accelerated …

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The CBI and 41 UK trade associations call for business rate reform

Ahead of COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in November, employers representing around 261,000 UK businesses and nine million employees say business rate reform is essential for green investment. The CBI and 41 trade associations spanning the UK economy have issued a joint statement outlining how action by the Chancellor …

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100 UK retailers call on PM for tougher laws tackling ‘escalating violence’ against workers

Leading retailers from across the UK have written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling for support of an amendment to official bills that would tackle escalating violence and abuse against retail workers. 100 UK retailers have added their names to the list asking for an amendment to the Polic, …

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UK government considering plans to increase business rates revaluations

The UK government has launched a consultation to consider plans to increase the frequency of business rates revaluations that could see them take place every three years rather than the current five year period. The consultation has been launched by the HM Treasury as part of the government’s wider review …

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BRC welcomes Government’s rent moratorium extension as move is ‘made in the nick of time’

The British Retail Consortium has welcomed the government’s plans to extend the current rent moratorium on commercial properties, including retailers, to protect tenants from eviction to March next year, stating that the move has been made “in the nick of time.” The Treasury chief secretary Steve Barclay told MPs in …

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UK sees “strongest sales growth of the pandemic” as May retail increases 10 per cent

Pent up demand for in-store shopping, coupled with the reopening of hospitality and enduring appreciation of the return of non-essential retailers, has helped the UK’s retail scene to the strongest sales growth of the pandemic. On a total sales basis, sales have increased 10 per cent in the four weeks …

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Disney, John Lewis, and Argos join BRC charter of 55 retailers with pledge for better diversity and inclusion

More than 50 major retailers, including The Disney Store, John Lewis, Argos, and The Very Group have signed to a new charter to take ‘decisive action’ to improve their diversity and inclusion practices. It follows research from the British Retail Consortium that discovered that seven out of ten (around 69 …

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Chancellor ‘considering tax on online giants’ to help payback Government’s Covid spending

Amazon and other major online retailers could be facing a new online sales tax to help the UK pay its debts following extensive borrowing during the pandemic. Treasury sources have confirmed that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering initiating a tax that will target companies who have done well out of …

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