Commenting on the Great British High Street survey on the views of Independent retailers in Northern Ireland, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“The results of this survey very much mirror a recent survey commissioned by Retail NI as part of our Independents’ Day campaign which showed that the biggest deciding factor for visiting an independent store was to support local businesses (62%) as well as better customer service (32%) and the convenience of local shops (36%)”

Retail NI CEO Glyn Roberts, Retail Excellence Ireland CEO Lorraine Higgins & Declan Breathnach TD, Fianna Fáil

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) and Retail NI launched their second annual survey at the second high-level roundtable discussion in Belfast to tackle Brexit, the Border & the Black Market. Members of the Irish Government, An Garda Síochána, the PSNI and HMRC will meet to discuss the issues that retailers on both sides of the border will face in the coming months and years.

The newly appointed Lord Mayor of Belfast has backed Retail NI’s annual campaign to engage the public with their local independent retailers during a launch event in Belfast city centre this week.

Retail NI, the only business organisation representing the retail and wholesale sector here took the launch of the 2018 Independents’ Day campaign to new heights at Babel Belfast, the rooftop of the locally owned Bullitt Hotel, where on her second day in office the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey pledged her support for the campaign.

Retail NI, the membership organisation which represents thousands of independent retail traders in Northern Ireland, has backed the campaign to save local community pharmacies which are under attack due to a lack of financial support from the Department of Health.  

Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts, has urged everyone in the business community to sign the Community Pharmacy NI petition to address the worrying fact that local pharmacists are dispensing at a loss and require an emergency package to plug a £20 million funding gap – before many pharmacies are forced to shut.

Chris Conway, Translink CEO, The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Deirdre Hargey & Retail NI CEO Glyn Roberts at the launch of the Independents' Day campaign
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Commenting on the decision of the Cabinet to approve the Heathrow Expansion, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a very welcome decision by the Cabinet and would urge all MPs to give their support to the Heathrow expansion in the forthcoming parliamentary vote”

“An expanded Heathrow is vital for improving Northern Ireland’s connectivity to the rest of the world and will be a big boost to our transport infrastructure and local economy”

“More visitors and tourists mean more spending in our local retail and hospitality sectors”

Cllr Sandra Duffy, Elisha McCallion MP, David Barbour and Glyn Roberts at the meeting to discuss Buncrana Road.

Retail NI has urged the Department for Infrastructure to ensure that its members on the Buncrana Road in Derry will continue to have unimpeded access as part of its plans for the dual carriageway on the road.

The Retail NI CEO Glyn Roberts was in Derry/Londonderry yesterday meeting with traders on the Buncrana Road along with Foyle MP Elisha McCallion to discuss the plans for the new Carriageway. Glyn also met with the CCI Chief Executive Jim Roddy and Londonderry Chamber Chief Executive, Sinead McLaughlin.

The Chief Executives of Manufacturing NI, Retail NI and Hospitality Ulster with Jeremy Corbyn MP

The Chief Executives of Manufacturing NI, Retail NI and Hospitality Ulster,  hosted an economy themed round table meeting with the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer MP and Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Tony Lloyd MP.

In a joint statement Glyn Roberts, Colin Neill and Stephen Kelly said:

Industry experts from Retail NI, the Consumer Council and Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce are urging Belfast people to give public transport a go and get on-board this Bus & Train Week, 4 – 10 June. The Northern Ireland-wide campaign is a celebration of public transport and its benefits to the community.

Speaking at the launch, Translink Group Chief Executive, Chris Conway said:

In the absence of a functioning Executive and with the restoration of power sharing institutions some way off, NI business groups have joined forces to propose practical solutions to ensure decisions crucial to the prosperity of the region can continue to be taken.