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25 Oct 2022

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20 Oct 2022

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18 Oct 2022

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17 Oct 2022

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14 Oct 2022

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13 Oct 2022

National media has reported that most Britons say that the cost-of-living crisis is forcing them to shun local shops in favour of big brands to get the cheapest prices.

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Time for indie retailers to lobby MPs for energy help

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Creative News, Outdoor News, Political News

ActSmart, ACT, Booksellers Association, Craft Bakers Association, British Sandwich & Food to Go Association and the Café Life Association from the Independent Retailers’ Confederation are throwing their weight behind Bira, the British Independent Retailers Association, for shop owners to lobby their local MPs for energy help.

The IRC fully supports bira’s call for a cap on energy increases for businesses, a cut in VAT and more funding for investment in low-energy technology. Independent retailers have now been advised to take these appeals directly to their own MPs.

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of bira, says: “With energy prices soaring, we all need to take action. This cannot continue and we need our local MPs to sit up and take note.

“We hope by all our indies also taking a stand we can create some real noise and action off the back of this, putting pressure on those in power and getting our voices heard.”

Bira have created a template letter which can be amended and sent directly to your MP. You can download that letter here.

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