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Is Your Business Ready for the New £1 Coin?

With the new £1 coin being introduced tomorrow (28thMarch), Retail NI has urged retailers and the wider business sector to be aware of the changes. Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “This is a very significant change and we would urge retailers and the wider business community to make sure…

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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 Comments On PM Brexit Speech

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed concern with the Prime Ministers 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: “It is very clear…

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NIIRTA’s New Year Hopes For 2017

In its New Year’s Message, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has made Rates Reform its main priority in 2017 and called for a reboot of the Executive’s economic policy. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “The 12.5% Corporation Tax rate is no silver bullet and without real investment…

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NIIRTA And Hospitality Ulster Welcome New Targeted Rates Relief Scheme

Local businesses will be encouraged at steps forward taken in the NI Assembly today to alleviate pressure on rates. Reacting to the statement by the Finance Minister Máirtin Ó Muilleoir today on his announcement of a New Targeted Rate Relief Scheme both the Chief Executives of NIIRTA and Hospitality Ulster,…

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NIIRTA Says Assembly Should Reboot Economic Policy

In a wide-ranging presentation to the Assembly Economy Committee (9 November), 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. Speaking…

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Get Behind Small Business Saturday NIIRTA Calls To Shoppers

With this years Small Business Saturday fast approaching on 3 December, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has urged shoppers to put small shops first throughout the Christmas period. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “Shoppers have a real opportunity to do their bit and support their local shops…

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Radical Rates Reform Scheme Launched By NIIRTA And Hospitality Ulster

Two of Northern Ireland’s leading business organisations, Hospitality Ulster and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) have jointly published a plan to radically reform Business Rates. NIIRTA and Hospitality Ulster presented their plans to reform the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme to Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA…

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Executive Must Produce A Radical Programme For Government Says NIIRTA

  The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has urged the newly appointed Executive Ministers to quickly publish a radical pro-business Programme for Government. NIIRTA, which represents over 1600 members, was the only local business organisation to publish its own Programme for Government, which has 97 policy priorities for…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Red Tape Reform Package By Bell

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the publication by DETI Minister Jonathan Bell of ‘Better Regulation: An Action Plan For Reform’ to address the problem of Red Tape on business owners. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “This Action Plan is to be welcomed as it…

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NIIRTA Welcomes DFP Report On Business Rates Reform

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has given a welcome to today’s report from the Department of Finance, which sets out some initial thinking on the reform of business rates. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “The initial thinking of the review of business rates is moving in the…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Chancellor’s Budget

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget, particularly its emphasis on reforming business rates and lowering tax on small businesses. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “Overall this is positive budget for small traders with its emphasis on lowering tax, reforming business rates and…

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NIIRTA Fears For Loss Of Almost A Million Retail Jobs Following Budget

Just when the retail business sector thought it was pulling out of a recession, it is now facing the critical question: how far can it tighten its belt? The High Streets in County Down and across Northern Ireland will be preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Responding…

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Drop in Shop Vacancies Across Northern Ireland Welcomed By NIIRTA

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….

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NIIRTA Welcomes New First Minister Arlene Foster

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…

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