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Belfast Chamber of Commerce, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI have welcomed Primark’s £500k donation to Belfast City Council's recovery programme after the fire.

In a joint statement, Rajesh Rana, President of Belfast Chamber, Glyn Roberts, CEO of Retail NI and Colin Neill, CEO of Hospitality Ulster said:

“We are pleased that Primark listened to our call to contribute to the recovery fund and we welcome this donation of £500k”

Secretary of State for NI Karen Bradley with Glyn Roberts, Rajesh Rana & Colin Neill

Belfast Chamber of Commerce, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI jointly met with the NI Secretary of State today to discuss Government action to support the City Centre after the Primark Fire.

The Secretary of State met with impacted traders and with Primark staff and shop workers union USDAW.

In a joint statement, Rajesh Rana, President of Belfast Chamber, Glyn Roberts, CEO of Retail NI and Colin Neill, CEO of Hospitality Ulster said:

“This was a very useful and timely meeting with the Secretary of State”

The Chief Executives of Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI have responded to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland’s statement to the House of Commons today.

Speaking from Westminster following their joint Parliamentary Reception with the Secretary of State, Glyn Roberts, Colin Neill and Stephen Kelly said:

“We welcome the proposed legislation to allow Government departments to make more decisions and we hope that the big infrastructure projects can now move forward.

Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI have joined forces to co-host a Northern Ireland economy reception at the House of Commons. Over 200 MPs, Peers, Diplomats and local business owners attended the reception, which is said to be one of the largest ever Northern Ireland events at Westminster.

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Tony Lloyd MP, Shadow Secretary of State, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP and Paul Maskey MP all addressed the event.

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) today announced upcoming changes to Lotto and EuroMillions, as well as preliminary details of a brand new draw game that will launch in 2019.

Retail NI has welcomed the launch of the Glider service but urged the Department for Infrastructure to be flexible over the bus lanes.

Speaking after attending today’s launch at City Hall today, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

"Retail NI has always supported the new Rapid Transit Service as a means to address congestion. We want to see shoppers and other city centre workers use the Gilder and make public transport their first option rather than their last”

Land & Property Services (LPS) is encouraging businesses who have been impacted by the fire in Belfast city centre to contact them to discuss support available for rates.

If their premises have been severely damaged by the fire, they should make an application to the District Valuer with LPS to have the NAV reassessed.

Information available online at: https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/business-rates-valuing-alterations-existing-properties

Commenting on the Primark store fire in Belfast City Centre, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

‘The emergency services deserve credit for handling a very difficult situation in a such big store in a busy city centre without any reported injuries”

“This is very concerning development, both for Primark and the city centre as a whole. Primark is a major attraction for Belfast City Centre and provides considerable footfall for surrounding traders”

“I hope that the store will re-open in the near future”

Responding to the publication of the ‘No Deal’ Brexit Papers by the UK Government, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is the right course of action for the UK Government to publish these papers, giving businesses the necessary technical information in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario”

“Retail NI is concerned that a no Brexit deal could result in higher food prices, increased delays and red tape at borders and a possible VAT hike for consumers and businesses”

Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit is offering Retail NI members an exclusive 20% offer on tickets to the spectacular event.

If you want to grow your business in the convenience sector, Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit will provide you with all the tools to take your ideas to the next level.

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