This ad will be closed automatically in X seconds.

A Meeting Of Industry Minds

Following a meeting with under-secretary of state Paul Scully MP last week, Amanda Fergusson, ceo of the Greeting Card Association (GCA), a member of the Indie Retail Confederation (IRC), reported that the Minister, (whose remit includes small businesses), confirmed that the government was still working towards June 21 for the easing of final lockdown restrictions, with a review of social distancing measures forming part of the plan.

Above: Paul Scully MP.
Above: Paul Scully MP.

Along with other members of trade body the IRC, which includes the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), the organisations emphasised the need for positive consumer messaging to support trade and encourage a full return to the high street.

Topics raised included a lack of trade in the City of London, with some retailers reporting sales of only one or two items a day, and many more now closed. Paul Scully, who is also Minister for London, confirmed that the government would shortly be meeting with the Mayor, and that it was currently working on a ‘return to work’ initiative that would be shared after June 21.

Above: With many people still working from home, the City of London remains deserted.
Above: With many people still working from home, the City of London remains deserted.

Other topics included a plea for support from government for a delay to the rent and rates moratorium which ends on July 1; changes in export VAT rules; concerns about the change to permitted development rights on high streets, and #ShopKind, a new national campaign funded by the Home Office, to help tackle the rise in verbal abuse and physical attacks on shop-workers.

The event was the second in a series of meetings. The IRC’s member trade associations will continue to meet with Paul Scully on a quarterly basis.


Top: Members of the Indie Retail Confederation met with Minister Paul Scully last week to discuss the high street trading.

The show’s timing, after ‘Freedom Day’ bodes brilliantly for exhibitors and visitors ...
Shops were busy, with people wanting to spoil their dads...
The event will take place digitally from June 24-25, 2021, with content available to view on demand for 30 days...
Bira is inviting businesses to share their experiences...
“Frida has fast become one of our bestselling collections,” confirms Sass & Belle’s marketing manager Daisy Coombes...
“With the backing of our key customers, venue, and local authorities, we can see that the appetite and enthusiasm is there for an in-person buying and selling event,” saysshow director Russell Rule...
Get the latest news sent to your inbox
Subscribe to our daily newsletter

The list doesn't exist! Make sure you have imported the list on the 'Manage List Forms' page.