Day One - Tuesday 16 March 2021
13:00 Independent Retail in Covid times
Andrew Goodacre, Chief Executive
British Independent Retailers Association
A focus on Bira’s recent campaign highlights (including lobbying the Government regarding business rates), and the changes independent retailers have made to adjust to the Covid-19 impact.
Andrew Goodacre has been the CEO for the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) since September 2018, having previously spent many years in the hospitality. Bira represents more than 4,000 independent retailers throughout the UK, ranging from a small hardware shop to an independent department store. Andrew believes that independents are at the heart of every good high street and will continue to make a valuable contribution to their local economies and local communities.