11 Jan 2024

Shaping a Better Future for Independent Businesses in 2024

BIRA Hall: Halls 8,7,6 Stand: 8C60
Shaping a Better Future for Independent Businesses in 2024

At Bira, we are committed to championing the causes that matter most to independent businesses. In 2024, we are proud to announce our involvement in several impactful campaigns aimed at fostering a thriving environment for our members.  

Here's a glimpse into some of the key initiatives: 

Cash and Payments 

Bira recognises the importance of cash access for those who prefer or rely on it. Our focus includes the development of Banking Hubs, where businesses can collaboratively share the costs of a central banking facility. Through collaboration and advocacy, we engage with business organisations and community groups to improve access to cash. This involves active dialogue with banks, policymakers, and regulators to accelerate the implementation of banking hubs and other vital initiatives. 

Retail Crime 

Retail crime poses a significant challenge to independent businesses. Bira advocates for a multi-faceted approach involving collaboration between retailers, law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and local communities. We encourage joint efforts to raise awareness, enhance security measures, and push for stronger laws to protect businesses against criminal activities. 

Parking and Accessibility for Towns and Cities 

Understanding concerns about local authorities' attitudes towards parking, Bira strives to ensure affordability and availability of parking spaces. We advocate for reduced parking costs and ample availability, emphasising the need for various payment options accessible to all. Furthermore, we call for comprehensive planning by local authorities that takes into account the needs of local businesses, residents, and visitors. 

Business Rates and Taxation 

Bira actively supports the comprehensive reform of business rates in the UK, aiming to alleviate the burden on smaller enterprises. We champion the cause of smaller businesses by advocating for a fair and reasonable taxation system that enables them to thrive in a competitive market. 


These campaigns represent just a snapshot of the diverse and impactful initiatives Bira is undertaking for its members in 2024 and beyond. For more information and to stay updated on our advocacy work, sign up for our newsletters, follow us on our social media channels below or share your thoughts with us on email at membership@bira.co.uk.

  • Instagram - @biraretail
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  • X (Twitter) - @biraofficial
  • LinkedIn - British Independent Retailers Association

Join us in shaping a brighter future for independent businesses! 



Bira is at the forefront of championing the cause of independent traders and shopkeepers across Britain. With a dedicated focus on revitalising and preserving the high street, we relentlessly campaign on their behalf. Our advocacy takes our collective voice to the halls of Parliament and into discussions with key stakeholders, where we represent the interests of small and independent businesses.

Our campaigns cover a wide spectrum of issues crucial to the success of independent traders. From combatting the rising tide of retail crime to advocating for changes in legislation that promote fairness and flexibility, we aim to leave no stone unturned. Bira is a staunch advocate for fairer business rates and reducing the regulatory burden that can stifle small businesses' growth potential. Through our efforts, we strive to ensure that the heartbeat of our communities, the high street, continues to thrive and serve as a vibrant hub for local businesses.

You can support our continued efforts by joining our community for just £17/mo and in return you can benefit from a wider range of support and services aimed to help businesses to flourish. Click here to sign up!

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