Peter McBride and the Prime Minister in Belleek

The President of Retail NI, Fermanagh based independent retailer, Peter McBride has welcomed the commitments of the Prime Minister of no hard border and described the likelihood of ‘no deal’ as disastrous for Northern Ireland.

Peter McBride represented Retail NI at a round-table meeting in Belleek with the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland yesterday.

Commenting on the Belleek round-table meeting and the Waterfront Hall Speech, Retail NI President Retail Peter McBride said:

NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts and Board members Gavan Wall, David Barber and Pat Leneghan meeting with Mary Lou MacDonald and Michelle O'Neill at Titanic Hotel

A senior delegation from Retail NI has met the Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and Deputy Leader Michelle O ‘Neill MLA this afternoon over a working lunch to discuss current economic and political challenges.

At the meeting, Retail NI outlined the need for a ‘reboot’ of economic policy and the inclusion of key economic stakeholders in new discussions on a Programme for Government for an incoming Stormont administration.

Speaking after the meeting Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

Commenting on the Court of Appeal ruling to uphold the decision to block planning permission for the Mallusk incinerator, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This decision will have far-reaching implications for the planning system in Northern Ireland not least for the long-awaited North-South Electricity Interconnector"

 It will result in delays in large-scale planning applications currently being processed by the Department for Infrastructure. Millions of pounds of vital infrastructure investment is now at risk”

Commenting on the House of Commons vote to approve the Heathrow Expansion, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This decisive vote will be welcomed by the local business community in Northern Ireland”

“It is the right decision for Northern Ireland and the UK economy as a whole, particularly with the approach of Brexit and the need for increased global air connectivity” 

Lisburn Chamber of Commerce recently met with valued member, Greens of Lisburn to discuss recent problems regarding the issuing of parking tickets to customers arriving by car at the rear of the Bow Street business. Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson also attended the meeting.

Owner Kenny Bradley highlighted the issuing of tickets by traffic wardens to vehicles waiting to enter the supermarket’s own carpark at the rear of their premises.

Retail NI has supported the Northern Ireland Local Government Association’s (NILGA) call for more powers for the eleven Local Councils.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Retail NI has consistently called for additional powers for local councils”

“As a business organisation, we are working with every council on planning, town centre regeneration and economic development on behalf of our members”

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.