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Business Groups Unite Against Car Park Charge Hike

Is it time there was a chamber of commerce in Downpatrick? The business community in these troubled times is losing out on representation in Down’s County Town over a number of key issues. One of these latest issues confronting the business sector across the North is the hike in car…

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NIIRTA Congratulates New Councillors and MEP’s Elected

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has congratulated the newly elected 462 Councillors and 3 MEPs and urged them to put the economy top of their agenda. NIIRTA has produced a detailed 80 Point Programme for Local Government and a EU Five Point Plan and Chief  Executive Glyn Roberts…

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NIIRTA Launches Economic Five Point Plan For Europe

NIIRTA Launches Economic Five Point Plan For Europe The EU needs to establish a Town Centre Taskforce for Northern Ireland-that was one of the key points in theEU Five Point Plan launched today by the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA). Local European Parliament candidates Jim Nicholson, Anna Lo, Alex Attwood, Diane Dodds, Tina McKenzie…

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NIIRTA Responds To On New Draft Planning Policy

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has published its detailed response to the consultation on the new draft Single Planning Policy Statement.  NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “While we welcome the broad thrust of the Single Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) it does need more work to ensure it…

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NIIRTA Welcomes DRD Move To Reduce Parking Fees In 25 Towns

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has warmly welcomed the announcement by the DRD Minister Danny Kennedy that he is to extend the 5 hours for  £1 Christmas scheme for a six month pilot, covering 93 Car Parks in 25 towns. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “This is very…

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NIIRTA Chief Comments On Budget

Following the Budget announcement, NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “It is very welcome that Northern Ireland is to have its first local pilot Enterprise Zone in Coleraine. Since 2010, NIIRTA has strongly lobbied successive Secretaries of State of Northern Ireland and Finance Ministers for the establishment of targeted and focused…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Town Centre First Planning Policy Change

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has strongly welcomed the new ‘Town Centre First’ approach to large retail applications, included in the new Single Planning Policy Statement consultation outlined by DOE Minister Durkan to the Assembly this morning. Glyn Roberts NIIRTA Chief Executive said: “NIIRTA strongly welcomes this new…

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NIIRTA Concern Over Further Decrease in Retail Footfall Figures

THE Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed concern that retail footfall for December 2013 has declined by 8.7% compared with the same time last year according the NI Retail Consortium survey. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “NIIRTA is disappointed that once again Northern Ireland has the worst…

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NIIRTA Issues New Year Message

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has issued its New Year message. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “In the short term getting a comprehensive agreement on Parades, Flags and the Past is crucial for political stability and the future economic growth of Northern Ireland. We urge all the…

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NIIRTA Sets Out Its Policy Priorities For 2013

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has today set out its policy priorities for 2014. Haass NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “In the short term getting a comprehensive agreement on Parades, Flags and the Past is crucial for political stability and the future economic growth of Northern Ireland….

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NIIRTA Welcome Labour Pledge To Reduce Business Rates For Small Businesses

Speaking from the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association has welcomed the pledge by Labour leader Ed Milliband to reduce Business Rates for Small Businesses if Labour  are elected in 2015. The Northern Ireland Executive will be given additional funding…

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