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Coronavirus hub to help independent retailers
26th March 2020

The British Independent Retailers Association has launched a dedicated coronavirus hub to guide members and the wider retail community through the crisis.

The online resource, accessible through the Bira website, is a one-stop shop featuring an information and advice. The hub – at bira.co.uk/coronavirus/ – is being updated every day, throughout the day.

Information on the hub includes:

The list of businesses still allowed to trade, and those being asked to close

* How and where to access emergency Government support, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans

* Employee/employer guidance including details on sick pay allowance

* The latest legislation with regards to ‘relaxed’ trading. 

There are also guides to wellbeing, as well as ‘inspirational’ stories of what members are doing to adapt to the current situation. 

Andrew Goodacre, Bira’s CEO, said: “Everyone at Bira has been working hard to ensure that our members and the wider retail community receive the support they need at this time.

“Our focus has been to provide accurate guidance based on information we have received for the various government departments. The dedicated hub on our website will updated on a regular basis.”

Bira is the umbrella group of the Pet Product Retail Association.