As the first anniversary of the Primark Fire approaches, Retail NI has welcomed progress in rejuvenating the area around Bank Buildings and called for ‘bold, radical and new vision for a 21st century Belfast City Centre”.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“The past year has been has been a huge challenge for the City Centre and its traders. Its has been incredibly tough for the traders particularly those in Castle Street and the cordon”

“This whole crisis has shown just how resilient city centre traders really are”

In 2018, Portadown was crowned Northern Ireland’s Champion High Street of the Year by the Great British High Street. 12 months on, can the town still claim this title and how have the widely-reported challenges currently facing the retail sector impacting the Co. Armagh town?

These questions and many others will be addressed at Ulster Bank’s ‘Surviving the High Street’ event which is being held in collaboration with the local Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday August 29that Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown

Trade NI representatives Mary Meehan, Glyn Roberts & Colin Neill with Shadow Chancellor

Trade NI, Northern Ireland’s largest business coalition, representing Manufacturing NI, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI has today met with the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who is visiting Belfast.

 Trade NI representatives Colin Neill, Glyn Roberts and Mary Meehan said:

“This was an excellent meeting with the Shadow Chancellor, covering Brexit, Business Rates, Infrastructure and other challenges facing our members. We outlined our ideas to reboot economic policy in Northern Ireland”

Henderson Group, owners of the SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO, VIVOXTRA and VIVO Essentials brands in Northern Ireland are celebrating their biggest success yet in the highly prestigious Great Taste Awards for 2019.

Five of the Group’s fresh, locally created own brand desserts appear on this year’s list, with two gaining 2-star status, and three gaining 1-star. They are:

Commenting on the £300m of extra funding for economic growth deals which covers Northern Ireland announced by the Prime Minister, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is very welcome news which could potentially mean every part of Northern Ireland being covered by either a City or Growth Deal”

“In my telephone conversation with the new NI Secretary of State on Saturday, I emphasised the importance of rapid progress for implementation of our local City Deals”

Reacting to the news that Julian Smith has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Trade NI (the alliance of Retail NI, Manufacturing NI and Hospitality Ulster) in a joint statement commented: 

“We welcome the appointment of Julian Smith as the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and expect to meet with him in the coming weeks.”

Commenting on the election of Boris Johnson to Conservative Party Leader, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Boris Johnson must hit the ground running in securing a Brexit Withdrawal Deal. A No Deal is simply not an option that should even be considered given the economic devastation it would cause Northern Ireland with the loss of 40,000 jobs”

The leaders of Northern Ireland’s two leading retail bodies have come together today to give a stark warning for need for business to be prepared for the reality of a no-deal Brexit.

Aodhán Connolly, Director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium and Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of Retail NI are issuing the warning following talks with officials following the release of the Department of the Economy report which states that 40,000 jobs in Northern Ireland are at risk in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

As the political talks to restore devolution reach a critical phase and three months since the tragic murder of Lyra McKee, Northern Ireland's largest business coalition, Trade NI has urged the parties to ‘Do the Deal”

Trade NI is the coalition of Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI, representing the majority of private sector employers in Northern Ireland.

The Trade NI CEOs Glyn Roberts, Colin Neill and Stephen Kelly said:

Commenting on the analysis by the Department for the Economy, that 40,000 jobs could be at risk in the event of a No-Deal Brexit, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This analysis confirms what the local business community has been saying for some time about the economic disaster of a no deal Brexit on Northern Ireland”

“Losing 40,000 jobs would devastate the local economy and have a huge impact on spending in the retail sector”

“A No Deal Brexit should not even be remotely considered by the UK Government”