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Welcoming the announcement by Ryanair to open a new base in Belfast International, NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said,

“This is good news for our local economy and in particular, our retail sector. More air routes means more visitors and tourists, which is a boost to spending in our retail sector in Northern Ireland”

 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade (NIIRTA) has repeated its call for immediate Rate Relief to be given to retailers and other businesses, which have been victim of recent flooding.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Given the scale of the flood damage to local businesses we need to see the Department of Finance move quickly to provide immediate rate relief for those impacted”

“There is already a DFP Business Rates Hardship scheme which should be activated immediately and made available to flood victims” 

Radical reform of Business Rates is the key challenge for Stormont in 2016. That was the New Year Message of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA).

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

 “With a consultation on Business Rates due to close later this month, radical reform is urgently needed to make to make rates fair, cost effective and fit for purpose in a rapidly changing economy”

Commenting on the new one year Executive Budget for 2016-17, outlined by the Finance Minister Arlene Foster, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is welcome that the Executive has agreed a balanced budget which is rightly focusing on investment in key economic areas such as Skills and Infrastructure” 

“Minister Foster has made the right call in again freezing the Regional Rate given the cost of business pressures many of our members are under”

 

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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade (NIIRTA) has contacted the Department of Finance (DFP) to urge that immediate Rate Relief is given to Retailers and other Businesses, which have been victims of recent flooding.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Given the scale of the flood damage to local retailers we need to see the Department of Finance move quickly to provide immediate rate relief for those businesses”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Strabane Chamber of Commerce has called upon the DOE Minister Mark Durkan to explain why he thought it was appropriate to grant the Strabane “out of town” Three Rivers application in a clearly identified flood plain in the countryside.

The Lifford Road site in Strabane was completely flooded at the weekend and remains water logged.

In a joint statement NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts and Strabane Chamber President Colm Gallagher said: 

With Small Business Saturday finally upon us, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has urged shoppers to put small shops first on 5th December and throughout the Christmas period.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts along with NIIRTA Member and Top 100 Small Business Saturday finalist Chris Suitor attended Chancellor George Osborne’s reception for Small Business Saturday at the HM Treasury in London today.

Speaking from the Treasury reception Glyn Roberts said:

As the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, Translink has teamed up with the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) to encourage passengers to shop local over the festive season.

Commenting on the importance of supporting local business at this time of year, Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive, NIIRTA said:

“Independent retailers are making a serious comeback in Northern Ireland. They offer customers something different to multiple retailers and make our town centres more diverse as a result.

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) have for the first time today made a joint presentation to the North-South Ministerial Council.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts and REI Chief Executive David Fitzsimons Enterprise Minister met with Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell MLA and Irish Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton TD in Armagh today to discuss a joint report on growing the retail industry.

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