Land & Property Services (LPS) is encouraging businesses who have been impacted by the fire in Belfast city centre to contact them to discuss support available for rates.

If their premises have been severely damaged by the fire, they should make an application to the District Valuer with LPS to have the NAV reassessed.

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Commenting on the Primark store fire in Belfast City Centre, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

‘The emergency services deserve credit for handling a very difficult situation in a such big store in a busy city centre without any reported injuries”

“This is very concerning development, both for Primark and the city centre as a whole. Primark is a major attraction for Belfast City Centre and provides considerable footfall for surrounding traders”

“I hope that the store will re-open in the near future”

Responding to the publication of the ‘No Deal’ Brexit Papers by the UK Government, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is the right course of action for the UK Government to publish these papers, giving businesses the necessary technical information in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario”

“Retail NI is concerned that a no Brexit deal could result in higher food prices, increased delays and red tape at borders and a possible VAT hike for consumers and businesses”

Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit is offering Retail NI members an exclusive 20% offer on tickets to the spectacular event.

If you want to grow your business in the convenience sector, Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit will provide you with all the tools to take your ideas to the next level.

It is frankly hard to believe that we are fast approaching 600 days without a working Government in Northern Ireland. While this is not ‘officially’ a new Guinness world record it does our international reputation no favours at all.

In those 600 days since we last had a Government, the world and economic policy has moved on. That’s why we need to see a new Programme for Government with radical changes made to economic policy to ensure we get sustainable growth and stronger productivity levels as we fast approach Brexit.

Commenting on today’s decision by the Bank of England’s MPC decision to increase Interest Rates, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is not a welcome development given how weak consumer spending is at the present time. Retail footfall has decreased and a very significant number of large retailers have folded-this increase will certainly not be welcomed by the retail sector”

Three of Northern Ireland’s leading business organisations are to jointly host a major Northern Ireland Business and Economy event at Westminster in September.

Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI are hosting the event on 5th September, which will be addressed by the Secretary of State, Karen Bradley and the Shadow Secretary, Tony LIoyd, on the Terrace at the House of Commons.

This is the first time NI based business groups have hosted such an event at Westminster, to which MPs, Peers, NI businesses and London-based Diplomats will be invited.

As the the new Rapid Transit Bus Lanes go live in West Belfast from today, Retail NI has urged the Department for Infrastructure to keep the 12 hour time period under review and to consider enforcement of the bus lanes at only peak times in the morning and evening.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Retail NI has always supported the new Rapid Transit plans as a means to address congestion. We want to see shoppers and other city centre workers use the Gilder and make public transport their first option rather than their last”

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: