On 21 February 2017, the NFRN launched its Independent Retail Report 2017 at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons.

With a strong focus on retail crime, the Independent Retail Report sets out the key challenges and issues facing independent retailers across the United Kingdom, with reform recommendations to the Government. The report also identifies issues with payment services, road work compensation, payroll costs, illicit trade, supply chain issues and more.

Business rates revaluation forms a separate report to highlight the impact the 2017 revaluations has on small businesses in areas which have seen property prices soar.

Download the NFRN’s Independent Retail Report 2017 here

Download the NFRN’s Business Rates Report 2017 here

Martin Vickers MP launching NFRN Independent Retail Report

The reception was hosted by former newsagent and ex-NFRN member Martin Vickers MP

NFRN National President on stage

NFRN National President Ray Monelle made a passionate speech where he highlighted the immense contribution independent retailers make to our cities, towns and villages

Dr Lisa Cameron MP next to independent retailers

Dr Lisa Cameron MP shows her support for independent retailers

John Spellar MP (centre) with NFRN officials from the West Midlands district

John Spellar MP (centre) with NFRN officials from the West Midlands district

Sir Desmond Swayne MP with NFRN VP Linda Sood and National President Ray Monelle

Sir Desmond Swayne MP (right) with NFRN Vice President Linda Sood and National President Ray Monelle

Martin Vickers MP and NFRN CEO Paul Baxter

Martin Vickers MP and NFRN CEO Paul Baxter

Shadow Business Minister Bill Esterson and NFRN National President Ray Monelle

Shadow Business Minister Bill Esterson MP and NFRN National President Ray Monelle

NFRN officials Jason Birks, Linda Sood and Martin Ward

NFRN officials Jason Birks, Linda Sood and Martin Ward at the launch

NFRN member Valerie Chung with her local MP Eleanor Laing

NFRN member Valerie Chung (right) with her local MP, Eleanor Laing

Melanie Onn MP with NFRN members Mahendra Jadeja and Andrew Taylor

Melanie Onn MP with NFRN members Mahendra Jadeja and Andrew Taylor

Nigel Evans MP, Ray Monelle and Martin Vickers MP

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime Martin Vickers MP (right) alongside Nigel Evans MP and NFRN National President Ray Monelle, seen here raising awareness of retail crime

Gail-Winfield and Margaret Ferrier MP with members from the Scottish District

Scottish National Councillor Gail Winfield (centre) and Margaret Ferrier MP with Abdul Qadar, Ian Shaw, Hussan Lal, Paul Baxter and Ray Monelle

NFRN National President Ray Monelle and CEO Paul Baxter at launch of NFRN Independent Retail Report 2017

NFRN National President Ray Monelle and CEO Paul Baxter at the Westminster launch of the NFRN Independent Retail Report 2017

NFRN Head of News Brian Murphy with Hamalata Patel Dee Goberdhan

NFRN Head of News Brian Murphy with NFRN officials Hamalata Patel and Dee Goberdhan

NFRN Public Affairs & Communications Committee Chairman Mike Mitchelson, CEO Paul Baxter and National President Ray Monelle outside Parliament

NFRN Public Affairs & Communications Committee Chairman Mike Mitchelson, CEO Paul Baxter and National President Ray Monelle outside Parliament

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