Welcome to our #GE2017 campaign hub. Here, you'll find news, views and regular updates that matter to the retail industry on the General Election.
BRC IN THE NEWS
- Comment: Conservative manifesto - 'some sensible starting points but questions are left unanswered'
- Comment: Liberal Democrat manifesto - 'We welcome some of the bolder thinking on innovation and jobs of the future'
- Comment: Labour manifesto - a 'mixed bag for the retail industry'
- Comment: Employment rights: providing certainty ahead of Brexit is a welcome step forward
- Interview: Helen Dickinson OBE, our Chief Executive talks to Ian King on Sky News about the General Election
- Blog: Why consumers must be at the heart of the journey ahead - Huffington Post UK
- News: Business alliance signs letter on business rates reform
- Column: The Government must guide retail securely through Brexit' - Retail Week
Ahead of the General Election, we’ve put the voice of retailers and consumers at the heart of our recommendations to political parties. From Brexit negotiations through to tax, skills and corporate governance, Pioneers succinctly sets out the retail industry’s vision for the next Government.
The retail industry will want to see plans from the next Government that puts consumers first in the Brexit negotiations by ensuring that ordinary shoppers are protected from the cost of unwanted new tariffs. Our recent work on UK trade imports spells out the cost to consumers’ food bills of leaving without a deal and falling back on WTO rules. Helping retailers to keep prices low for consumers also means negotiating frictionless customs arrangements; providing certainty for EU colleagues working in the UK; and securing the continuity of existing EU legislation as it transfers to the UK.
The challenges we face as we negotiate our future relationship with Europe makes it essential for policy makers to understand the rapid change and testing conditions that retail must operate in. Policies that support economic growth and a business tax environment fit for purpose in the 21st century, is what’s needed from the next Government to support retail in its mission to drive productivity with better jobs, innovation and investment to improve the communities they serve.
Our recommendations for the next Government:
FOR A FAIR BREXIT FOR CONSUMERS:
- Put consumers first in the Brexit negotiations, ensuring that ordinary shoppers are protected from the cost of unwanted new tariffs
- Secure a transitional arrangement that recognises all goods in free circulation, thereby avoiding a cliff edge scenario.
- Provide assurances to the retail industry’s EU workforce.
- Transfer existing EU regulation into UK law to help provide certainty and continuity.
FOR A PIONEERING ECONOMY IN A CHANGING WORLD:
- Build a business tax environment fit for purpose in the 21st century.
- Accelerate investment in digital infrastructure and enable businesses to build the required skills faster.
- Empower business responsibility and corporate governance.