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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  • Retail NI unveils research as part of 2018 Independents’ Day campaign to champion local high streets and town centres’ independent stores

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.

Retail NI has welcomed this morning’s decision of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee to vote against proposals to extend Sunday trading hours. The Committee voted by 16-4 against extending Sunday trading - a bigger majority than last year’s vote.

Retail NI repeated its call for a new broader strategy for developing the weekend economy of the city with key strategic partners.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This was the right decision by Belfast City Councillors”

Retail NI has described has expressed concern with nearly 40,000 car parking and bus lanes fines issued in the first quarter of 2018

The Department for Infrastructure published the figures today.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

”These statistics continue to show we have a major problem to address”

“Nearly 40,000 parking and bus lane fines handed out to motorists in our town and city centres is having a clear and negative impact on shoppers and our members”

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

“This ruling could have far reaching implications for the planning system in Northern Ireland not least for the long-awaited North-South Electricity Interconnector”

“It could also result in delays in large-scale planning applications currently being processed by the Department for Infrastructure”

In a Summit meeting yesterday with Belfast City Council, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, USDAW and other key stakeholders, Retail NI outlined a compromise option to the on-going dispute over extending Sunday Trading hours for large retailers in Belfast.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“At the Summit we outlined a proposal for a Small Shop Sunday campaign, which will promote and encourage shoppers and tourists to support the city’s smaller retailers on a Sunday morning between 11am-1pm. Large retailers would continue to trade from 1pm onwards”