This week’s MIA ‘drop-in session’ – Reaction to the Roadmap.


We are pleased to announce a new support initiative from the MIA. Every Friday at 10am, we will be giving you the opportunity to join with other industry colleagues and discuss the issues affecting you and your business.

This week, the Government formally announced its ‘roadmap’ to ease the country out of lockdown.

The earliest date we can expect to see non-essential retail in England open is 12th April, and whilst this will bring some hope to the high street, it is still seven weeks from the date of the announcement. As you know, the MIA has called for certainty around the extension of both the Business Rates Relief and Furlough Schemes, either directly or through partners such as the British Retail Consortium and the Independent Retailers Federation.

At this week’s drop-in session, we’d like to discuss your reaction to the proposed roadmap, and the challenges that you can foresee for your business between now and the possible re-opening on the 12th April.

We would also like to hear from members in the devolved nations, particularly as timings for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differ to those announced for England.

These sessions are really informal and open to any business operating across the MI sector.

If you would like to join the session taking place this Friday at 10am, please contact