‘Business rates – government must now decide whether to be firefighter or arsonist’

Helen Dickinson

The retail industry has been navigating crisis after crisis. Fresh from the pingdemic, the country found itself facing a massive HGV driver shortfall, supply chain problems and wider labour shortages. 

Availability problems were then exacerbated by both a CO2 shortage and issues at petrol forecourts. 

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has spent recent weeks diligently putting out fires. Working with our members and through regular engagement with the government, as well as a few well-timed headlines, we’ve helped to deliver changes in the contact-tracing app, see the UK production of CO2 restarted and force the creation of 5,000 new visas for HGV drivers – it may not be enough, but rest assured we are not giving up any time soon. 

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