Reacting to the support for business announcements  by the Chancellor and Finance Minister, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Retail NI is very clear -Northern Ireland small businesses need the same deal as the Chancellor has outlined in his statement. Our members are dealing with the same crisis and deserve the same support from Government in relation to Business Rates relief”

This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:

HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-emplo

Sixteen chambers of commerce and business organisations have come together to issue a joint letter to the First Minister and deputy First Minister calling on the Executive to urgently introduce a package of support to help businesses to deal with the effect that the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the local economy.

Retail NI has welcomed last night decision of Belfast City Council’s City Growth Committee to reject proposals to extend Sunday trading hours and instead support a programme of cultural animation for Sunday mornings.

Retail NI and USDAW presented to the City Growth Committee last night setting out their proposals for Sunday mornings in the city centre.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The guidance has been provided by the Government and will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:

Pat Leneghan, Glyn Roberts, Minister Dodds, Paddy Doody

A delegation from Retail NI has met with the Economy Minister Diane Dodds today to discuss the high cost of doing business in Northern Ireland.

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

“Independent retailers and small businesses are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of additional costs on 1st April with a combination of the Rates Reval hike, increases in the local and regional rates and the Living Wage”

BUSINESSES in Northern Ireland need access to highly skilled people to help further boost the economy, new Department for Economy minister Diane Dodds said yesterday.

She was speaking at Hickson's Point at the formal launch of the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards, which have grown into the single most important business awards initiative in the north.

"We need to capitalise on our ambition and innovation by creating a pipeline of talent which will help grow a globally-competitive economy in Northern Ireland that works for everyone," she said.

Reacting to the Home Office publication of their Immigration Plan, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:  

“Retail NI has concerns that these plans do not go far enough for our local retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors. It is clear that the UK Government is not listening to the repeated concerns expressed by the business community in Northern Ireland”

Over two hundred independent retailers and small businesses who believe they been mis-sold plasma screens attended a meeting last night demanding a solution.

The meeting was organised by Retail NI, which is assisting members in finding a solution. Political representatives from the five main parties also attended the meeting at the Crowne Plaza hotel last night.

Retail NI Member Alan Collingwood whose business is impacted by this said: