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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"

Finance Minister Arlene Foster MLA today announced the start of a consultation period as part of her Department’s Review of Business Rates in Northern Ireland.

The consultation period will last for a period of twelve weeks, during which stakeholders will be invited to provide input on the future direction of business rates in Northern Ireland. The review will also seek views on alternative forms of taxation as either replacements or supplements to the existing rating system.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed today’s announcement of a review of Business Rates by DFP Minister Arlene Foster.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“NIIRTA has long been calling for a fundamental review of Business Rates and so we welcome this announcement by Minister Foster”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the announcement that Royal Portrush will host the 2019 Open, describing it as a big potential boost for the local retail and hospitality sectors.

NIIRTA Chief Executive said:

“This is fantastic news for Northern Ireland and it will be a huge potential boost for our local retail and hospitality sectors with so many visitors"

Northern Ireland’s retail sector is the region’s largest employer, and its leading figures will be celebrating a year of unique successes at the industry’s premier awards ceremony this Friday.

Convenience stores and supermarkets employ some 12 per cent of the entire workforce in NI, representing 14 per cent of all VAT registered companies here, providing enormous tax revenue to the exchequer.

Commenting on the closure of five B&Q stores in Ballymena, Boucher Road, Derry, Sprucefield and Craigavon, NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is alarming to see the loss of so many retail jobs in one day. Our thoughts are with the 300 workers and their families at this difficult time and we hope that they will be successful in finding alternative employment”

“The closure of these five stores has a much wider impact as it also results in the loss of footfall for surrounding retailers”

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