Weekly Round-Up


Here’s a round-up of some of the key industry news stories that we’ve brought you this week, in case you missed them…

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Here are this week’s key stories:

MIA calls for extension of Business Rate Relief Scheme

Bricks and Mortar Retail needs certainty over Government support, and time to adapt to post-COVID consumer behaviour if it is going to flourish in the future.’ Executive Director Anthony Short shares his thoughts on the work that the MIA has been doing.

MIA Webinar: Music Instrument Disinfection and Wind Instrument Aerosol Production during COVID-19

We are delighted to be collaborating with the French Musical Instruments Manufacturing Association to bring you a Webinar on Music Instrument Disinfection and Wind Instrument Aerosol Production during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government announces new £20m SME Brexit Support Fund

The SME Brexit Support Fund is open to SMEs who only trade with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes that will apply from April and July this year. 

Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus

The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. A few of our members have been visited by HSE for a spot check, so we wanted to remind you of the process and what you can expect. Find out more at the link above.

UK Retail Vacancy Figures

The British Retail Consortium has released its Retail Vacancy Figures for the final Quarter of 2020. The report was produced by the BRC in partnership with Local Data Company.

The Retail Vacancy Figures explore the amount of empty retail units across the country. Unfortunately, the data from Q4 of 2020 shows that crisis driven vacancies continue to climb.