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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade (NIIRTA) has contacted the Department of Finance (DFP) to urge that immediate Rate Relief is given to Retailers and other Businesses, which have been victims of recent flooding.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

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

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Strabane Chamber of Commerce has called upon the DOE Minister Mark Durkan to explain why he thought it was appropriate to grant the Strabane “out of town” Three Rivers application in a clearly identified flood plain in the countryside.

The Lifford Road site in Strabane was completely flooded at the weekend and remains water logged.

In a joint statement NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts and Strabane Chamber President Colm Gallagher said: 

With Small Business Saturday finally upon us, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has urged shoppers to put small shops first on 5th December and throughout the Christmas period.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts along with NIIRTA Member and Top 100 Small Business Saturday finalist Chris Suitor attended Chancellor George Osborne’s reception for Small Business Saturday at the HM Treasury in London today.

Speaking from the Treasury reception Glyn Roberts said:

As the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, Translink has teamed up with the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) to encourage passengers to shop local over the festive season.

Commenting on the importance of supporting local business at this time of year, Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive, NIIRTA said:

“Independent retailers are making a serious comeback in Northern Ireland. They offer customers something different to multiple retailers and make our town centres more diverse as a result.

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) have for the first time today made a joint presentation to the North-South Ministerial Council.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts and REI Chief Executive David Fitzsimons Enterprise Minister met with Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell MLA and Irish Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton TD in Armagh today to discuss a joint report on growing the retail industry.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has elected a new President as its AGM this morning.  Rowan Black, an independent retailer in Lisburn, replaces Paul Stewart who has stepped down after serving fifteen years as NIIRTA President, following the sale of his J.C. Stewart store in Magherafelt.

NIIRTA President Rowan Black said:

“I’m delighted to have been elected NIIRTA President and want to, on behalf of our 1600 members, pay a special tribute to the hard work and dedication of Paul Stewart”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed disappointment that vital Regeneration Powers will not be transferred from DSD to the eleven Councils.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is disappointing that despite the best efforts of DSD Minister Storey, these vital regeneration powers will not be transferred to the new eleven Super Councils for the foreseeable future”

“These powers are absolutely essential for the new Councils to address the huge challenges of urban and town centre regeneration”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has described today’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor as ‘disappointing’ as it contained no new tax breaks to help small traders afford the National Living Wage.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This Autumn Statement is a missed opportunity to support small traders with tax relief to help them afford the proposed National Living Wage, which will result in a 40% increase in the wages’ bills for our members”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the decision of Belfast City Council to make its charged car parks free in evenings and weekends in the run up to Christmas.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a very welcome initiative by Belfast City Council which will be a big boost to the very substantial retail offer of the City Centre to shoppers this Christmas.”

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