Commenting on the Finance Minister’s Executive Budget, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Retail NI has had extensive discussions with the Department of Finance on the need to restore the Rural ATM Rate Relief Scheme. We are pleased with the Minister’s decision to do just that given the difficulty our members have had with ATM robberies and transaction charges over the past two years”

“We also welcome the reduction in the Regional Rate and the decision to renew the Small Business Rates Relief scheme”

Retail NI has repeated its call for the Northern Ireland Executive to provide Northern Ireland small businesses with the same rate relief that the rest of the UK has received during this crisis.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

Information from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

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Retail NI has urged the NI Executive to go much further on supporting local businesses. The business group directly raised a number of issues with the Economy and Education Ministers in telephone calls in the last 24 hours.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Independent food retailers are struggling and need help from the Executive to stay open”

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What is the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)?
CBILS is a new scheme that can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. CBILS supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance facilities.
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Please click here to view document from the Department for Infrastructure which outlines the temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the NI Drivers Hours Rules in Northern Ireland for the drivers of vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes involved in the delivery of food, non-food, over the counter pharmaceuticals and other essential items.

In a conference call with the Economy Minister Diane Dodds MLA, Retail NI has urged the rapid establishment of the COVID-19: Business Support Grant Scheme.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“I had a very useful discussion with the Economy Minister on the need for the grant scheme to be immediately established to assist Retail NI members and other impacted businesses”

“Retail NI also wants to see the application process for these grants to be speedy and streamlined, so the funds can urgently reach the businesses that are in need”

Speaking after meeting the Executive Office Ministers Declan Kearney and Gordon Lyons this afternoon, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This was a useful meeting with the Ministers at which we all agreed on the need for a whole societal effort to tackle the impact of Covid-19. The health of our community is the top priority, but we want to ensure that there are jobs for people to come back to when this crisis ends”

After making representation to the Infrastructure Minister on relaxing delivery drivers' hours, Retail NI has welcomed Nichola Mallon’s