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‘Save the high street’, say industry leaders

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has shown its support for a new initiative for UK retailers.

In May 2017, it joined industry leaders such as AppearHere, Bink, CityHouseMedia, CitySprint and many more, to work alongside the 120+ nationwide Retailer Advisory Board members. Together, they are implementing a programme to support and empower 100,000+ shopkeepers nationwide.

The group is focusing on issues such as how to merge online-offline, high street footfall decline, growing competition, rents, rates and many extortionate bricks & mortar overall costs. They will identify what works in modern retailing today and define first-ever industry recommendations for successful high street retailing. is represented on thousands of high streets nationwide. The initiative is calling on independent retailers, local business, organisations, media and individuals to sign up for free at They will receive weekly newsletters with first-hand updates on the recommendations, developments and updates.

Sarah Arnesen, Head of Marketing, PR & Events of bira said: “The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is pleased to be working with Save the High Street towards our combined goal of supporting independent retailers and helping them thrive.

“For the past 117 years bira has been in the corner of independent retailers across all kinds of industries and are committed to the continuing success of every independent business we work with.

“Modern independent retailers recognise that great ideas, insights and ideas can be found beyond the confines of their own business. bira believes independent retailers are stronger together and that independent retailing in the UK has a bright future.”

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