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Responding to today’s British Retail Consortium report that high Business Rates and the National Living Wage could result in 900,000 fewer retail jobs, NIIRTA has urged the Chancellor to do more to address the high business costs in his Budget on 16th March.

A NIIRTA delegation will be meeting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland this Thursday to discuss the Budget.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has announced that it is to hold an Elevator Pitch Event for first time Assembly Candidates from the five main parties.

Danske Bank's CEO Kevin Kingston, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and NIIRTA CEO Glyn Roberts at the launch of The Plan

Alternative plan for government is known as “The Plan”

The Plan is an Alternative Programme for Government from 2016-2021

NIIRTA has outlined 97 recommendations to help create a more stable economy

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) today (3rd February) launched their Alternative Programme for Government at Titanic, Belfast.  

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed leading property company Lisney’s retail survey that has shown a significant drop in shop vacancies.

Prime retailing locations throughout the province recorded their first fall in vacancy rates since 2011, down 2.5% from 17.1% in 2014 to 14.6% in 2015. This follows a detailed study of 17 towns and cities across Northern Ireland.     

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has congratulated Arlene Foster on her appointment as First Minister and wished outgoing First Minister Peter Robinson a long and happy retirement.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“NIIRTA congratulates Arlene Foster on her appointment and we look forward to working with her in her challenging new position”

Welcoming the announcement by Ryanair to open a new base in Belfast International, NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said,

“This is good news for our local economy and in particular, our retail sector. More air routes means more visitors and tourists, which is a boost to spending in our retail sector in Northern Ireland”

 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade (NIIRTA) has repeated its call for immediate Rate Relief to be given to retailers and other businesses, which have been victim of recent flooding.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Given the scale of the flood damage to local businesses we need to see the Department of Finance move quickly to provide immediate rate relief for those impacted”

“There is already a DFP Business Rates Hardship scheme which should be activated immediately and made available to flood victims” 

Radical reform of Business Rates is the key challenge for Stormont in 2016. That was the New Year Message of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA).

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

 “With a consultation on Business Rates due to close later this month, radical reform is urgently needed to make to make rates fair, cost effective and fit for purpose in a rapidly changing economy”

Commenting on the new one year Executive Budget for 2016-17, outlined by the Finance Minister Arlene Foster, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is welcome that the Executive has agreed a balanced budget which is rightly focusing on investment in key economic areas such as Skills and Infrastructure” 

“Minister Foster has made the right call in again freezing the Regional Rate given the cost of business pressures many of our members are under”

 

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