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Twenty-eight Business Organisations representing Retail, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Food and Pharmacy have all supported the targeted approach to Business Rate Relief for the independent retail and hospitality sectors as outlined by the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA), Hospitality Ulster and the Department for Finance.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed disappointment with the proposed UK Government White Paper on Brexit as full of aspiration but little certainty for the retail sector in Northern Ireland.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Whichever way the Government tries to promote this White Paper, leaving the Single Market and Customs Union is neither positive for our retail sector or local economy as a whole” 

The Chambers of Commerce in Belfast, Newry and Lisburn, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Hospitality Ulster has issued a joint call to the Infrastructure Minister to reverse his decision to hike on-street car parking charges in Belfast, Newry and Lisburn.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the publication of Economy 2030, a new draft Industrial Strategy, by the Economy Minister Simon Hamilton.                 

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the UK Government’s Green Paper on Industrial Strategy and is committed to working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a ‘sector deal’ for the retail sector, addressing issues such as developing skills and supporting businesses to start and grow.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed surprise and dismay at the Infrastructure Ministers’ decision to hike on-street car charges in Belfast, Newry and Lisburn without any consultation with traders’ groups.

Charges in Belfast City Centre will increase by 20p per hour from £1.20 to £1.40, while a number of streets on the edge of the city centre with a current charge of 80p per hour will increase to £1.20 per hour. Charges in Newry will increase from 40p to 60p per hour and in Lisburn, from 60p to 80p per hour.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed concern with the Prime Minister's announcement that the UK leaving the EU Single Market and Customs Union will have a negative impact on Northern Ireland and its border with the Republic.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

Commenting on the forthcoming Assembly Elections, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“A key challenge immediately post-election is for the political parties to hit the ground running for immediate talks on forming an administration”

“The national and international headlines of this crisis and the continuing political instability is both bad for business and the economy as a whole”

Commenting on Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard’s proposed changes to Belfast bus lanes, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Reducing three bus lanes from 24 to 12 hours is a welcome and common sense decision. It was clearly unfair to fine drivers using bus lanes when buses were not even running”

“Given the depth of concern many city centre retailers have with over-zealous fining policy in regard of the bus lanes, it is disappointing that the Minister has decided to tighten enforcement”

Commenting this afternoon Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This situation is very concerning as political instability is neither good for business nor the economy”

“Big issues need to tackled such as Brexit, Business Rate Reform, Corporation Tax, Investment in Skills and modernisation of our Infrastructure which are all vital for the future of our local economy”

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