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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the focus on infrastructure investment in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

NIIRTA welcomes the additional £250 million for investment in our infrastructure and would urge the Executive to make the York Street Interchange a top priority for funding”

“Increasing the personal tax allowance is a positive step, allowing working people to keep more of their salaries and hopefully spend more in our retail sector”

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has unveiled his proposals for a groundbreaking shake-up of the rates system.

‘A Rates Rethink: Spurring Economic Growth’ includes a £22million investment in retail and hospitality businesses, the introduction of two pilot Business Empowerment Zones and removal of the domestic rates cap.

Commenting on the package, the Minister said: “I want to make sure that the rates system encourages regeneration, investment and entrepreneurship, while at the same time discourages dereliction and decline.”

Reacting to the statement by the Finance Minister today on his announcement of a New Targeted Rate Relief Scheme both the Chief Executives of NIIRTA and Hospitality Ulster, Glyn Roberts and Colin Neill in a joint statement said:

"The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Hospitality Ulster have warmly welcomed the proposal by the Finance Minister for a new and targeted Rate Relief Scheme for Retail and Hospitality, which he outlined this morning to the Assembly.

Commenting on today’s High Court decision on BMAP, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: 

“Out-of-town retail development has been a key contributing factor in the decline of our town centres, drawing away trade, resulting in thousands of independent retailers closing and a significant loss of net employment”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the decision of Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to progress the York Street Interchange.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a very welcome decision by Minister Hazzard, particularly after the recent uncertainty that the scheme may not proceed”

L-R: Simon Rimmer, Celebrity Chef; Jack Hamilton, Mash Direct; NFU Mutual – Colin Campbell, Regional Director, Will Torrent, Celebrity Chef

Spicy spuds from Comber, County Down achieved scorching awards success last night in London as fiery export sales won the Quality Food Award for Mash Direct.  Mash Direct’s Chilli Baby Bakes showed that the judges preferred their spuds with a kick, taking home the Quality Food Award at the prestigious award ceremony in Mayfair, London.

In 2016 alone Mash Direct has exported six times as many Chilli Baby Bakes as have been sold in supermarkets at home showing both the innovation of the family farming enterprise as well as reflective our more conservative tastes here.

In a wide-ranging presentation to the Assembly Economy Committee this morning, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) called for a ‘reboot’ of economic policy in the new Programme for Government and for the Executive to produce a stimulus package to boost the local economy as Brexit approaches.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts told the Economy Committee

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed todays vote in the NI Assembly calling for the Minister for Infrastructure to establish a review of on-street Car Parking.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“We welcome the Assembly’s decision to review On-Street Car Parking and look forward to contributing to that review which will be established by the Minister for Infrastructure, Chris Hazzard”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has called upon MLAs to support todays Assembly motion on Car Parking Fines and urged the Minister for Infrastructure to establish a review.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is absolutely vital that we make significant changes to Car Parking charges and fines to support the growth of our town centres and high streets”

      Massive value Ulsterbus and Goldline travel deal launched to attract passengers

Translink Ulsterbus and Goldline customers can now enjoy day return travel after 9.30am for the price of a single ticket.  The offer has been announced in time for a busy winter period and aims to reduce the cost of travel in the run up to the end of December (offer valid until 31st December 2016).

Martin Lundy Service Delivery Manager from Belfast said:

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