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12 Jun 2024

A £1 billion damages claim has been filed against Amazon on behalf of retailers selling on Amazon’s UK marketplace for illegally misusing their data and manipulating the Amazon Buy...

10 Jun 2024

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has responded to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for May 2024.

10 Jun 2024

Independent Harrogate computer shop Phase 4 Computers has been named as a finalist in the Tech Awards 2024.

10 Jun 2024

Independent boutiques in Knutsford have teamed up once again to showcase their new designs at the third Flash Fashion.

10 Jun 2024

Research of over 1,000 UK shoppers by Pricer shows 27% now only buy grocery items which are on offer – a +6 percentage increase compared to 2023. 

10 Jun 2024

Independent Taunton book shop Brendon Books is to host talks from climate specialists ahead of the general election.

6 Jun 2024

Lee & Darren from Spokes People, one of Cytech’s UK training providers, are attending the National Cycling Show this weekend and will be delivering various workshops and sessions for...

3 Jun 2024

Consumer confidence has continued its “upward momentum” despite the cost-of-living crisis remaining a daily reality for households, a survey suggests.

29 May 2024

Many independent retailers across the UK faced a difficult start to 2024 according to a new survey by Bira, the British Independent Retailers Association and the Association of Cycle Traders...

29 May 2024

P&C Music – Harrogate's oldest independent record shop – is celebrating its 30th anniversary, having become a mecca for vinyl record fans in a wide variety...

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Shops urged to prepare for single-use plastics ban coming into force on 1 October

Posted on in Business News

It has been suggested that some shop owners may be unaware or unprepared for the upcoming change to regulations on single-use plastics on plates, bowls, trays, containers, cutlery and balloon sticks which comes into force at the start of October.

single-use plastics The new rules outlined by the government mean that businesses will face stringent regulations regarding single-use plastics, for online and over-the-counter sales and supply, items from new and existing stock, and include all types of single-use plastic, including biodegradable, compostable and recycled.

Compliance with these regulations is essential, as breaches can result in fines for business owners and local authorities will be carrying out inspections.

Andrew Goodacre, chief executive of Bira, said: “The ban on single use plastics is coming into force as from the 1st October, and breaches of these new regulations will result in fines for the business owners. It is therefore crucial to really understand the new regulations and start planning to use up old stock and bring in new legal products to replace the single use plastic items.

“All new regulations invariably mean more cost to the business, but planning ahead can mitigate the impact of this.

“The regulations are a measure to improve recycling and ultimate the negative impact on the environment. We should all want to do what we can, but it has to be reasonable for the business. Retailers will need to start now (if not done so already) to source replacement stock – I have seen increasing use of paper bags and re-usable nets in food shops.

“The message is clear, get to know the rules, start planning and tell the customer you have made the changes. It might even be possible to turn this cost into an opportunity,” he added.

Bira said it remains dedicated to advocating for the interests of independent retailers and helping them navigate the changing retail landscape. The association continues to work closely with its members, providing guidance and resources to aid their resilience and success.

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