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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed progress toward the establishment of a Supply Chain Forum after a meeting with Agriculture Minister Michelle O’ Neill today. 

Aodhan Connolly, Director of the NI Retail Consortium, was also at the meeting.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

All parts of the supply chain must work together in a collaborative and co-ordinated way to address the current difficulties facing our industry, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill told representatives from the retail sector today.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) is to host a roundtable event for independent retailers who are struggling with Rates, Energy Costs, Red Tape and affording the National Living Wage.

Senior MLAs from the five main political parties will be present at the event, which will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday 17th September at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

Speaking ahead of the event NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the Assembly’s Enterprise, Trade & Investment Committee report Opportunity for Excellence, which was published today.

NIIRTA’s submission to the ETI Committee enquiry was its Eighty Point Plan for Local Economic Development, Local First.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has congratulated young people receiving their GCSE results today and urged them to consider alternative courses to A-Levels, which the six FE local FE Colleges offer. 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed concern at the latest Springboard survey which shows Northern Ireland's shop vacancy rate as the highest in the UK at 17.3% and footfall down by 4.5% compared to the same time last year. 

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the 42% reduction in Carrier Bag usage but has called for changes to the Levy. 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed disappointment with the failure of Newry Chamber of Commerce's Judicial Review to overturn DOE Minister Durkan's decision to grant planning permission for a major out of town hypermarket at Carnbane.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has set out its views on the Chancellor's Budget.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the conclusions of the Airport Commission for a third runway at Heathrow as giving future extra security to Northern Irelands air link to the airport. 

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:
 
“In our submission to the Airport Commission we outlined our support for the third runway at Heathrow. 
 

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