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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has elected a new President as its AGM this morning.  Rowan Black, an independent retailer in Lisburn, replaces Paul Stewart who has stepped down after serving fifteen years as NIIRTA President, following the sale of his J.C. Stewart store in Magherafelt.

NIIRTA President Rowan Black said:

“I’m delighted to have been elected NIIRTA President and want to, on behalf of our 1600 members, pay a special tribute to the hard work and dedication of Paul Stewart”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed disappointment that vital Regeneration Powers will not be transferred from DSD to the eleven Councils.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is disappointing that despite the best efforts of DSD Minister Storey, these vital regeneration powers will not be transferred to the new eleven Super Councils for the foreseeable future”

“These powers are absolutely essential for the new Councils to address the huge challenges of urban and town centre regeneration”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has described today’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor as ‘disappointing’ as it contained no new tax breaks to help small traders afford the National Living Wage.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This Autumn Statement is a missed opportunity to support small traders with tax relief to help them afford the proposed National Living Wage, which will result in a 40% increase in the wages’ bills for our members”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the decision of Belfast City Council to make its charged car parks free in evenings and weekends in the run up to Christmas.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a very welcome initiative by Belfast City Council which will be a big boost to the very substantial retail offer of the City Centre to shoppers this Christmas.”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the Fresh Start Stormont Agreement.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Political stability is the bottom line for sustainable economic development and so we welcome this agreement as a roadmap in moving forward both the institutions and our economy”

With the Small Business Saturday bus visiting Belfast today, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has urged consumers to make this year’s 5th December the best yet by supporting local traders.

Small Business Saturday is already the UK's most successful small business campaign. Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday with 64% of the UK aware of the campaign. The UK’s small businesses between them provide 60% of private sector jobs and nearly 50% of private sector turnover. 

Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This has been a truly dreadful week for job losses in Northern Ireland”

“Our thoughts are with the fifty Park Centre Dunnes staff and their families at this difficult time so close to Christmas”

“With Park Centre, Ballymena and potentially eighty more retail job losses in Banbridge, we need to see the Executive redoubling their efforts to support our private sector in this difficult time”

 

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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has described the loss of nearly 860 jobs in Michelin Ballymena and potential loss of 80 retail jobs in Banbridge as a ‘dark day” for Northern Ireland’s economy.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“3rd November will be remembered as a dark day for Northern Ireland’s economy with 860 jobs lost in Ballymena and potentially 80 retail jobs in Banbridge”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the vote to establish the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Belfast City Centre. City Centre traders in Belfast voted in favour of establishing a BID scheme, which was formally announced this weekend.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“NIIRTA has long campaigned for the establishment of BIDs in Northern Ireland and we are delighted that Belfast City Centre traders have shown real leadership for their city by voting in favour of the proposed scheme”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has described the decision of its long time Magherafelt member and owner of JC Stewart, Paul Stewart to sell his business as "an end of an era"

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

"It is sad news that Paul Stewart has decided to sell his business and move on.  JC Stewart is an independent retailer of the first division in terms of choice, quality and customer service"

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