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
The reception was hosted by former newsagent and ex-NFRN member Martin Vickers MP
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 shows her support for independent retailers
John Spellar MP (centre) with NFRN officials from the West Midlands district
Sir Desmond Swayne MP (right) with NFRN Vice President Linda Sood and National President Ray Monelle
Martin Vickers MP and NFRN CEO Paul Baxter
Shadow Business Minister Bill Esterson MP and NFRN National President Ray Monelle
NFRN officials Jason Birks, Linda Sood and Martin Ward at the launch
NFRN member Valerie Chung (right) with her local MP, Eleanor Laing
Melanie Onn MP with NFRN members Mahendra Jadeja and Andrew Taylor
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
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 the Westminster launch of the NFRN Independent Retail Report 2017
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
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